Nail Care Routine – All you need to know
Do you know how to properly clean and cut your nails?
Do you know your nail care routine?
It is crucial that you do. It may not seem important but is as important as washing your hair and having a bath/shower.
Read on to learn more about your nail care routine.
Nails always make you feel good and nice about yourself
Just because you treat yourself to regular manicures, you will most likely give very little thought to your nails and nail health
It can be distressing if you have dry, brittle nails that feel weak or break easily. To keep your fingernails looking their best together with your nail care routine you must:
1. Clean your hands with soap and warm water.
This will prevent the build-up of bacteria on your hands, will clean your nails and may prevent dirt under your nails getting worse. Wash off all the soap and dry your hands on a clean, soft towel. You should also soak your nails every other week or so in warm water and a moisturizing soap.
When cleaning under your nails, use a clean soft nail brush because otherwise you may be transferring dirt and skin cells back under your nails. Your nails are delicate and scrubbing them too roughly can actually expose you to infection.
Avoid using metal nail tools under the nail, as too much digging under the nail plate will cause it to separate from the skin.
2. Clean and dry
Keep your nails clean and dry. If they are wet for too long, bacteria can form under the nail and lead to infections. Too much exposure to water may actually lead to split fingernails.
3. Trim your nails while they are soft
Once washed with warm water, trim your nails. It is in fact easier to trim your nails after a bath/shower since they are soft and gentler to clip. You must trim your nails regularly depending on how quickly they grow and how long you want them. The more often you trim them (before they get too long), the stronger they will grow out to be.
Don’t file your nails immediately after exposure to water as this may weaken your nails.
4. Use a hand lotion/cream
Using a hand lotion/cream will aid in moisturizing your skin in addition to the natural moisture that your body provides. When applying lotion/cream to your hands, make sure to rub some into and around your nails. This will not only soften your hands, but your fingernails and cuticles can benefit too which will improve nail health.
5. Use Cuticle Oil
Using cuticle oil not only strengthens your nails, it helps you push back those cuticles. Rub a small amount of oil on and around your cuticles covering the skin around your nails as well. You can also dip your fingertips into a small bowl of oil for a couple of minutes. Using nail moisturizer is healthy for your nails and results in healthier and stronger nails.
6. Nail Hardener
Use nail hardener to make your nails stronger. You can pick this type of polish up at your local drugstore. However, avoid using too many nail polishes and removers on your nails. When using removers, look for acetone-free formulas.
Resist pulling off hangnails. Gently clip them off instead.
Maintain a healthy and well-balanced diet. This is beneficial in many other ways and not just for your nails. Ensure that your diet includes proteins, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids and biotin which will keep your nails strong.
Avoid biting/picking your nails. This not only will make them look ugly and uncared for but can also cause a temporary or permanent damage to your nails.
Biting/picking your nails can create an inflammation around the nail which can disrupt its healthy growth. Before blaming the fragility of your nails on other factors, make sure that you are not using your fingernails for reasons that it shouldn’t be used for like nail biting/picking, getting the cover off the remote control/mobile phone, scraping them with metal cuticle pushers or metal nail files and picking nail polish off instead of using a nail polish remover.
10. Use gloves
Whenever you’re cleaning with harsh chemicals, gardening, or doing anything that involves soaking or dirtying your hands, wear rubber, vinyl, nitrile or plastic gloves, preferably with a cotton liner. It not only protects your polish but keeps anything harsh or drying in your cleaning solutions off your hands.
Nail care must be a part of your daily routine. It will take some time till you get into this habit but the results will be amazing.
Do consider occasionally giving your nails time to breathe, product-free! Give yourself a mani-pedi at least once a month to keep your hands and feet looking nice.