When it comes to being healthy, don’t neglect your nails! Your nails matter, too.
The nail is a common site of injury, so temporary changes in your nail’s appearances shouldn’t be cause for immediate alarm. However, if the nail changes in appearance for longer than two weeks, it is always a good idea to have a doctor diagnose the problem.
These nail care tips will help your nails stay nice and healthy:
1) Limit your manicures. As pretty as it is, nail polish can be highly damaging to the nails! Going from one manicure to the next isn’t a good idea if you want to preserve the strength of your nails.
Have you ever removed nail polish and taken a good look at your nails? Do your nails have ridges or feel a little bumpy? Nail damage is common from the harsh chemicals of nail polish and nail polish remover. Try going a couple months without applying anything to your nails—it’s good to let your nails breathe!
2) Try not to use your nails as tools. Use an actual tool, like a knife, if you want to pry at something. Using your nail as a tool will just make it much more likely that your nails will chip and break.
3) Keep your nails shorter. The idea here is that your nails will be less likely to break if you keep them fairly short. This is an especially good idea if your nails are weaker and more prone to breaking.
I also like to file my nails rather than using clippers because it’s not as brittle or harsh on the nail. Try to only use clippers after your nails have been softened from water—such as immediately after showering. It will be gentler on your nails!
4) Don’t push down the cuticles. We have cuticles for a reason! They help to protect the nail, and if you cut your cuticles or push them down, the nail will be more susceptible to infection. Although pushing cuticles down is a common practice in nail salons, you can request that they not perform that part of the manicure.
Taking good care of your nails is also important for avoiding nail fungus—but if you do get a nail fungus infection, there are some great tips and treatment options at The Canadian Nail Fungus Resource.
Stay healthy! Nail care matters.
What are your best healthy nail care tips? Do you take breaks between manicures? Share in the comments section below!
This article is sponsored by NailFungus.ca.
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