Nail Care Simplified
In the midst of a pandemic, it can be easy to lose sight of how important self care truly is. Some days, just a simple shower can be enough to get ourselves out of a funk. However, on other days, when we have the time, it can truly transform our state of mind (not just our appearance) by taking care of ourselves. Most of us will do a hair mask, blow dry, or perhaps even put on a few makeup products. But while doing so, most of us, instinctively ignore nails.
Nail care goes beyond simply polishing one’s nails with a trendy shade. Today, we will share a few Do’s & Don’ts for strong and healthy nails, to help you pamper yourself this quarantine.
Nails are primarily composed of a layer of Protein called Keratin. It guards nails from harm by making them strong and irrepressible. Nails are said to be strong and healthy if:
1. They are smooth and without pits.
2. They have a uniform colour and do not have any spots or discoloration.
When we talk about taking care of nails, below are few things to keep in mind:
1. Moisturise nails and cuticles:
Moisturising nails and cuticles make them look better and help protect nails from breaking due to lack of moisture. Applying oil around the cuticle helps moisturize the entire nail, which helps reduce the incidence of chipping, cracking, and splitting. Ideally, any oil should be good for this but applying Almond oil which is rich in essential antioxidants, Omega 6 and 9 fatty acids and vitamins E, A, B1, B2, and B6, coats the nails with rich nutrients that protect them from the problems mentioned above.
2. Avoid Acetone based nail paint/polish removers:
If you have brittle nails, you should avoid using acetone nail polish remover as they cause nails to become brittle. Instead, one can use lemon or vinegar as natural nail polish remover.
3. Intake of biotin:
Some research suggests that the nutritional supplement biotin may help strengthen weak or brittle fingernails.
4. Do not pick at your cuticles:
This can damage the nail bed and can allow bacteria or fungi to enter and cause an infection.
5. Stay hydrated and eat well:
Even for nails, the right amount of water and right consumption of healthy food is essential as it retains moisture in the nails. Without sufficient moisture, nails can become fragile and break simply. Make sure you are eating a healthy diet and taking additional multivitamins supplement.
6. Give your nails a break from polish:
Although nail polish looks nice, our nails need to breathe. Constant use of nail polish can weaken the nail.