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.

Priyadarshini Kaul

Priyadarshini Kaul Mishra has two Master’s Degrees in English Literature and History. She is actively following her passion for the language by being a content creator since many years now. Besides this, Priyadarshini is a true bookworm at heart and tries to be an avid reader despite being a full-time mother now. She is also a professionally certified baker and puts on the oven mitts every now and then.
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