Nails like other part of body also need to be given attention otherwise they spilt, peel, look unattractive and unhealthy. It’s a combination of healthy diet and nail care that will make them strong and healthy. Here are a few tips towards it:
Vitamins for strong nails: Nutritious diet and eating patterns help every part of the body to stay healthy. A diet comprising of Vitamins A, E and Biotin is very important to make the nails strong. Vitamin A is abundant in greens, yellow and orange vegetables. Nuts and green leafy vegetables are good source of Vitamin E. Vitamin B which is Biotin is plentiful in eggs, almonds, soya beans and sweet potatoes.
Plenty of water and liquids keep the body hydrated and protects the nails from drying and peeling. It’s essential to drink 8 to 10 glasses of water everyday. Gelatine dietary supplements in liquid form would be taken to build nail strengthen and thicken the weak nails.
Nail strengtheners and treatments use various techniques and ingredients to strengthen the nail and protect them breaking. Nail fortifiers which comprise of protein and calcium supplements make the nails stronger. Strengtheners with panthenol maintain the moisture content of the nail to make them more flexible and reduce the chances of breakage. To protect the nails from peeling and splitting an additive comprising of Teflon is used to create a hard nail surface. These treatments are not one off and the schedule should be followed religiously to good results. Applying too much will cause heavy buildup and weaken the nails while applying too little is as good as not.
Moisturizers designated for hands and nails keep the nails moisturized. The cuticles should be moisturized with cuticle oil and the nail, cuticle and the skin around it should not be picked.
Buffing the nails once in a while helps to stimulate growth and restore shine. To buff, little conditioner should be applied to the nail bed and the nail buffer like chamois cloth or special nail buffer should be used to buff. Using other files would wear off the nail surface.
Tapping the nails regularly by placing them on the table also increase the blow circulation and stimulate growth.
Manicures help to keep the nails and cuticles healthy. But the nails should be filed to short or shaped in unnatural shape. Cuticles should be only trimmed never completely removed to avoid infection. Chipping nails polish should not be peeling off as it would take away the protective cover of the nail. A week break from nail polish in a month would help the nails to breathe better.
It would be a good idea to wear rubber gloves while using house cleaners and when washing dishes. The chemicals in these cleaners are not nail friendly. Also soaking hands for too long in water weaken the nails. Nails should never be used as tool to open lids, packages or scrap labels. Only orange sticks, special nail tools that are rounded should be used to clean the underside of the nails. Using the pencils or pens to dial phones also protects the nails from breaking.