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How To Get Gorgeous And Healthy Nails

Probably you never knew that diet, and filing habits had such an effect on your nails. Read on to know how to get gorgeous and healthy nails with the simple tips follow.

1. Keep nail beds hydrated

To keep your nails hydrated, rub a small amount of petroleum jelly into your cuticle and the skin surrounding your nails every evening before you go to bed or whenever your nails feel dry. Keep a jar in your purse, desk drawer, car—anywhere you might need it.

Not a fan of petroleum jelly? Substitute castor oil. It’s thick and contains vitamin E, which is great for your cuticles. Or head to your kitchen cupboard and grab the olive oil—it also works to moisturize your nails.

2. Protect nails from wear and tear

Wear rubber gloves whenever you do housework or wash dishes. Most household chores from gardening, to scrubbing the bathroom, to washing dishes, are murderous on healthy nails.

For extra hand softness, apply hand cream before you put on the rubber gloves. Slipping on some gloves will also protect your manicure.

3. Treat cuticles gently

When pushing back your cuticles (it is not necessary to cut them), come in at a 45-degree angle and be very gentle. Otherwise, the cuticle will become damaged, weakening the entire nail.

4. Avoid ingrown nails

For healthy nails, trim your toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails. This is particularly important if you have diabetes.

5. Keep hands dry

Dry your hands for at least two minutes after doing the dishes, taking a bath/shower, etc. Also, dry your toes thoroughly after swimming or showering. Leaving them damp increases your risk of fungal infection and ruins healthy nails.

6. Get shoes in top shape

Air out your work boots and athletic shoes. Better yet, keep two pairs and switch between them so you never put your feet into damp, sweaty shoes. This could lead to fungal infections.

7. Find high-quality socks

Wear 100 percent cotton socks. They’re best for absorbing dampness, thus preventing fungal infections. You can also use socks to cover up your messed-up DIY toenail art.

8. Try these vitamins

To make your nails as strong and resilient as a horse’s hooves, take 300 micrograms of the B vitamin biotin four to six times a day. In a U.S. study, 63 percent of people taking biotin for brittle nails experienced an improvement.

9. Got milk?

It’s great for healthy nails! Add a glass of milk and a hard-boiled egg to your daily diet. Rich in zinc, they’ll do wonders for your nails, especially if your nails are spotted with white, a sign of low zinc intake. A DIY mixture can also help with healthy nail growth.

10. File your nails correctly

To keep your nails at their strongest, avoid filing in a back-and-forth motion—go in only one direction. And never file just after you’ve gotten out of a shower or bath. Wet nails break more easily.

11. Try this finger massage

Massage your nails to keep them extra strong and shiny. Nail buffing increases blood supply to the nail, which stimulates the matrix of the nail to grow, says Galvez.

12. Keep ’em polished

Polish your nails, even if it’s just with a clear coat. It protects your nails, says manicurist Diaconescu. If you prefer color, use a base coat, two thin coats of color, and a topcoat. Color should last at least seven days but should be removed after 10 days. It can be hard to always be walking around with fresh polish on your nails, completely incapable of doing… well, anything with your nails wet, but we’ve got you covered!

13. Avoid these polish remover ingredients

Avoid polish removers with acetone or formaldehyde. They’re terribly drying to nails. Use acetate-based removers instead.

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