5 Tried and Tested Tips for Nail Nourishment
We all want our nails to be long and healthy. However, in the hustle and bustle of our daily lives and busy routines, it is difficult to achieve healthy nails. Many factors prevent our nails from growing, causing them to become weak, dull, and unhealthy. Without enough strength, nails are prone to cracking and breaking.
You can nourish your nails by incorporating the following nail care tips into your routine.
Use A Cuticle Oil
Cuticle oil is one of the simplest and most well-known ways to strengthen your nails. It is made from natural ingredients that nourish your nails while also providing essential hydration to the nail beds. Using cuticle oil on your nails will also make them shine. Once or twice a day, massage it into your nails.
Consume Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Another way to strengthen your nails is to eat a healthy diet. Omega-3 acts as a natural nail strengthener by nourishing the cells in your nail bed. Omega-3 also aids in the absorption of other nutrients, resulting in stronger nails.
Increase your Biotin Consumption
In addition to including omega-3 fatty acids in your daily diet, you should increase your biotin intake for healthy nails. Biotin is an essential B vitamin that helps with nail hardness and thickness. Furthermore, we recommend that you increase your protein intake to keep your nails from breaking every now and then.
Use Good Quality Nail Care Products
Many women ignore it, but did you know that using low-quality products can harm the health of your nails? These items cause more harm than good. Always use high-quality nail care products. Choose an acetone-free nail paint remover and give your nails a break from nail paints.
Say No to Frequent Nail Treatments
Your nails require some breathing room. If you treat them frequently, they will not receive nourishment and may become weaker than before. Some treatments, such as gel nails, acrylic nails, or extensions, weaken your nails as well. They eventually deteriorate and become brittle.
Another treatment that affects the health of your nails severely is UV lamps. Many nail spas use UV lamps during the treatments like nail extensions. Too much exposure to UV lamps involves a risk for cancer. Besides this, it also makes your hands and feet darker.
Other Tips to Follow to Maintain Healthy Nails
Do not use hand sanitisers too much as most of them contain alcohol that may damage your nails.
Trim your nails regularly. Keep them short, filed, and buffered. But do not buffer your nails too much as it may strip the protective layer on the top.
Scrub your nails with soap and water each time you wash your hands.
Do not share your nail clipper, filers, or other nail care accessories with others. Sanitise all the grooming tools before and after using them on your nails.
Avoid chewing or biting your nails as it may spread infection. If you have a hangnail, do not rip or bite it. Use a clipper to clip it.
(Dr Sonali Chaudhary, Integrative and cosmetic dermatologist)