Simple solutions to strengthen your nails naturally
Having healthy-looking and clean nails is not only aesthetical but also is essential for your health and physical well-being. Here are some simple tips that you can follow to have strong and good-looking nails.
Eat a healthy diet
Maintaining a healthy diet is one of the most essential ways to keep your nails healthy and strong. Nails vertical ridges can be smoothened by eating almonds that are a rich source of magnesium. Also, food rich in antioxidants such as blueberries supports nail health by protecting the body’s cells from free radical damage. If you add iron-rich leafy vegetables to your diet, they provide strength to your nails. Any nutritional deficiency reflects immediately on our nail health.
Take care of your cuticles
Cuticles are there to protect your nails, moisturize them and keep them healthy. They are part of your skin and act as a nail’s natural barrier. If you cut them too deep, you can damage them and expose the nail too. Always look out for any signs of discomfort such as redness, swelling, pain and address them immediately by seeing a doctor. Healthy cuticles mean shiny and strong nails.
Keep the nails trimmed and clean
Neat, short, and natural-looking nail fashion never goes out of fashion. Nails remain healthier if they are trimmed and are also protected from sudden snagging or breaking. You can use a file to smoothen out any sharp edges or roughness. Furthermore, never do any insistent or severe nail cleaning as it can cause bacterial or fungal infections. Alternatively, go the old-fashioned way and gently scrub the nails using a soft brush.
Use gloves when needed
Excess water exposure makes the nails softer and negatively affects their strength. Dermatologists suggest using gloves while working in water as overhydration expands the nail beds and as the moisture evaporates there is contraction leading to fragile nails. Even excess time spend in swimming pools and hot showers weaken the nails, be mindful of this.
Minimize the use of harsh chemicals
Nail polishes, acrylics, and nail polish removers have very harsh chemicals that will make your nails brittle, dry, and thin over prolonged usage. If you can’t live without all of these, use non-toxic nail paints and acetone-free removers that will be kind to your nails and will not strip them of their natural oils.
You can even try supplements such as biotin that support the growth and strength of your nails. A bit of mindfulness will go a long way in keeping your nails strong and shiny.