re you the person who cares for face more than other parts of your body or you the one where you stay worried for beauty and hygiene of your whole body? The fact is a slight and regular care is utmost important for your whole body part so that you enjoy your good health and cleanliness. Out of them, the most eye-catchy and forming edge of your limbs is your nails. These are the next to be noticed a feature of your body after your face, so care for your nails as well like your face. Of course, this is a woman subject to the maximum extent, save those men who are shown very close in screens of TV channel and films.
It is really true that everyone likes clean, well-manicured and polished nails. You will wonder but eating a healthy diet is as important for your nails as for the vital organs of your body. It is important to include certain vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients in your daily diet. This is done to ensure that your nails remain healthy and beautiful.
Checklists: Take a close look at your fingernails and find an answer to these questions.
- Do you see ridges, dents, or shape?
- Do you see areas of unusual color?
- Are they strong and healthy looking?
- Is there any sign of discoloration or coloration like the yellow color?
- Do you find frequent redness in the area of cuticles?
If answers to most of these questions are yes, then it might indicate an underlying condition that needs attention. You might need to take care of your nail health too, along with your skin care.
What type of tissue is present in nails? Are they living or dead?
Your fingernails are composed of laminated layers of a protein called keratin that grows from the area at the base of the nail under your cuticle. As oxygen and food are not supplied to nail tissues directly, they are considered dead. But the base of your nail has all these supplies which decide the health of your nails.
What defines healthy nails?
Healthy fingernails are smooth, without pits or grooves. They’re uniform in color and consistency and free of spots or discoloration. Sometimes fingernails develop harmless vertical ridges that run from the cuticle to the tip of the nail. Vertical ridges tend to become more prominent with age. A dark color appearance under the nails is a symptom of blood and cardio related disorder. At the earlier stage of noticing itself, the disorder can be checked.
Consult your doctor or dermatologist if you notice any of these signs:
- Changes in nail colors, such as discoloration or a dark streak under the nail.
- Changes in nail shape, such as curled nails.
- Thinning or thickening of the nails at some parts.
- Separation of the nail from the surrounding skin
- Bleeding or swelling around it.
What should be done to care for nails?
Keep fingernails always dry and clean.
This prevents bacteria and dust and dirt from growing under your fingernails. Repeated or prolonged contact with water can contribute to split fingernails. Wear cotton-lined rubber gloves when washing dishes, cleaning or using harsh chemicals.
Practice a good nail hygiene.
Use a sharp manicure scissors or clippers. Trim them straight across, then round the tips in a gentle curve. Remember the nail shape matters in beautifying them.
Use a moisturizer.
When you use hand lotion, rub the lotion into your fingernails and cuticles, too.
Apply a protective layer.
Applying a nail hardener might help to strengthen your nails. It is good to take a safety check when using detergents or hard soaps.
Ask your doctor about biotin.
Some research suggests that the nutritional supplement biotin may help strengthen weak or brittle fingernails. Biotin is a biological fluid, a vitamin by nature, can help to nourish your nails they are known to keep the dead tissues bind together. It is good for brittle nails and hair.
What should not be done to prevent nail damage?
- Do not bite your fingernails or pick at your cuticles.
These habits can damage the nail bed. Even a minor cut alongside your fingernail can allow bacteria or fungi to enter and cause an infection. Also, the bitter part of the dirt under the nail portion can go inside your body.
- Do not pull off hangnails.
You might rip live tissue along with the hangnail, so be careful. Instead, clip off hangnails. Do not use sharp things like razor or knives as it might harm the growth of underlying tissues.
- Do not ignore problems.
In certain cases, you have a nail problem that doesn’t seem to go away on its own or is associated with other signs and symptoms. In such cases consult your doctor or dermatologist for an evaluation.
- Do not use harsh nail care products.
Limit your use of nail polish remover. When using nail polish remover, opt for an acetone-free formula based chemical.
A note about manicures and pedicures
If you are the one who rely on manicures or pedicures for healthy looking nails, keep a few things in mind. Visit those salons that display a current state license, and work only with technicians also licensed by the state board. Don’t have your cuticles removed it can lead to nail infection. Also, make sure that nail technician properly sterilizes all tools used during your procedure. This is done in order to prevent the spread of infection.
You might also ask how the foot baths are cleaned.
Trim your nails and use a filer. Moisturize your nails regularly. Give your nails biotin treatment. Wash your nails/hands regularly. Regularly remove nail paints and allow your nails to breathe. Hydrate yourself if you see brittle nails or easily breaking nails. Quit nail biting habits, follow some other gesture instead of this.