Examine your fingernails carefully. Do they appear to be robust and healthy? Or do you notice any ridges, dents, or sections of a different hue or shape? Many unfavorable nail disorders can be avoided with good fingernail care. Others could indicate an underlying problem that needs to be addressed. Your fingernails, which are comprised of laminated layers of a protein called keratin, grow from the area under your cuticle at the base of the nail. Healthy fingernails are smooth and free of pits and grooves. They are uniform in color and consistency, with no blemishes or degradation. Fingernails can grow innocuous vertical ridges from the cuticle to the tip of the nail. Vertical ridges become more visible with age. As a result of injury, fingernails might develop white lines or spots, which gradually fade away with the nail. However, not all nail problems are typical.

Nail Care Do’s

To keep your nails looking the best, do:

  1. Keep your fingernails dry and clean to keep them looking their best. As a result, bacteria cannot develop under your fingernails. Water can split fingernails if they are exposed to it repeatedly or for an extended period of time. Use cotton-lined rubber gloves for doing dishes, cleaning, or working with harsh chemicals.

  2. Keep your nails clean, trimmed, and tidy. 

  3. Use manicure scissors or clippers that are razor sharp.

  4.  Straighten your nails, then gently curve the tips.

  5. Apply a moisturizer to your skin. While using hand lotion, rub it into your fingernails and cuticles as well.

  6. Put on a layer of protection. The use of a nail hardener may aid in the strengthening of your nails.

  7. Biotin is a nutrient that should be discussed with your doctor. Biotin, a dietary supplement, may help strengthen weak or brittle fingernails, according to some research.

Nail Care Dont’s

To avoid damaging your nails, don't:

  1. Biting your nails and picking your cuticles are bad habits to get into. The nail bed may degenerate as a result of these practices. A small scratch on the edge of your fingernail could allow germs or fungi to enter your body and cause illness.

  2. Remove any hangnails you may have. Along removing the hangnail, you can rip live tissue. Instead, clip hangnails with care.

  3. Make use of abrasive nail care products. Use nail polish remover sparingly. When removing nail polish, choose an acetone-free solution.

  4. If you have a nail condition that doesn't seem to go away on its own or is accompanied by other signs and symptoms, see your doctor or dermatologist.

  5. Do not peel polish using your keys or other sharp objects. Always be gentle and patient while getting your nails done.

  6. Using scissors to cut your nails is the worse habit you could cultivate. Always make sure to use a nail clipper/cutter/trimmer.

  7. Avoid using your nails to pick/remove or maybe just open a can of soda.

There are a few things to keep in mind, the next time you visit a nail salon for your treatment;

If you rely on manicures or pedicures for healthy-looking nails, keep a few points in mind. Only work with salons that have a valid state license and technicians who are also state-licensed. Cuticles serve as a barrier between the epidermis and the nail plate, hence removing them can result in nail infection. To avoid the transmission of illness, ensure the nail technician sterilizes all tools used during your operation. You could also inquire about the cleanliness of the foot tubs and hand-soaking bowls. Between clients, a bleach solution should be used, and the filters should be cleaned on a regular basis. It's easy to overlook your fingernails, but they can be kept healthy and strong by following a few basic and simple practices.

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