One of the first things most people notice in the other person are their nails. No one likes dirty and misshaped nails. Do your nails have weird-looking cuticles or do hands feel as hard as a pumice rock? Doesn’t matter, we have you covered! Below are easy steps that will help you keep your nails neat, pretty and tidy.
- Keep finger nails dry and clean
This prevents any bacteria from growing in your nails. Repeated contact with water can weaken your nails and reduce their strength. Make sure you use gloves while washing or cleaning anything.
- Trim your nails when they get too long
Although most girls take pride in keeping extremely long nails, they aren’t really pleasing to the eye and they aren’t very healthy either. It is important that we keep trimming our nails, especially if we want them to stay strong.
- Follow a nail care routine
Follow at least one DIY nail care routine once a week for better nails. This is easy and can be done at home. No need to go to expensive parlors. Lemon is really good for the nails. Make a mixture of lemon juice and olive oil. Heat that up for a few minutes and soak your nails in that mixture for a few minutes. Similarly, you can use lemon peel or a slice of lemon and rub it on your cuticles and the sides of your nails for about five minutes. This gives the glow and the shine you have been looking for.
- Maintain a healthy diet
Nails are made of protein so the best way to keep them strong and healthy is to add protein to your diet. A lot of doctors have suggested different foods that contain protein and that can help in nail growth. Eat lean poultry, fish, beef and pork, as well as spinach and other vegetables that contain protein. However, for those that are vegetarian chick peas and eggs can be a good source too. Adding vitamins to your diet that help in nail growth is also a good way to go. Biotin, or vitamin B7, is crucial to maintain protein production and can help strengthen weak or brittle nails. Since your nails are made of protein, L-Lysine supplements can be taken to help build healthy proteins and help maintain healthy nails. All of these can be taken in through natural foods or supplements.
- The use of various oils
Now this is the tricky part, a lot of foods mentioned above should be eaten but these oils are to be directly applied for those strong nails. Coconut oil tops the list. With that beautiful smell, this oil is exceptionally good for your nails. With the daily massage of a cold- pressed coconut oil, your nails will start looking healthier again. With that olive oil and flaxseed oil can be used too for efficient growth and tougher nails. Lastly, vitamin E oil can be massaged on your nails for about five minutes for better looking nails. With all these tips and tricks you will notice a visible difference in just two weeks!