Nifty Nails


Humans don’t have claws like other animals, but we have nails that support broad fingertips for grasping objects. Nails can be a good indicator of your health as well. Just like your hair and skin, some changes occur when you have an illness or vitamin deficiency.

That is why it’s important to take care of your nails. They need as much attention as our hair. You don’t need a regular manicure and pedicure to keep them looking healthy. Toenails in particular are often overlooked. Ingrown nails, fungi, and brittle and weak nails are just some of the problems that will develop if you don’t pay attention to them.

What are the secrets to having clean, healthy nails? Here are some tips.

  1. Trim Regularly. Use clippers to trim you nails preferably every two weeks. Longer nails tend to acquire dirt and are prone to cracking and breaking. There is no need to have long nails because they don’t function like the claws in animals. They also interfere in your activities because you will always worry about damaging them. File your nails in one direction every time you trim them.


  1. Give Them a Break. Using nail polish every week could ruin your nails in the long run. Leave your cuticles alone. They help keep your nails protected from bacteria because it seals the base of your nails. Instead of cutting them, use cuticle remover to push them gently with a cuticle stick. If you need to apply nail polish don’t forget to paint the base coat first and the top coat last to protect them.


  1. Always Moisturize. Moisturizers hydrate your nails just like lotions provide protection and moisture for your skin. You don’t need to buy a separate nail lotion or cream if you want to save up. Any regular hand and body lotion will do. Soak your feet in warm water and soap then moisturize when dry. Be gentle with your nails as well. Use gloves when you’re required to soak or dirty your hands to avoid dryness and breakage.

  1. Keep Them Clean. Cleaning under your nails will damage your nails so avoid getting dirt in them. Wash your hands regularly but don’t scrub too hard. Keep them dry always to prevent bacteria and infection. Wash your feet regularly as well, especially the spaces between your toes. This will prevent athlete’s foot, bad odor and bacteria from accumulating. Keep your shoes clean and wear the right size.


  1. Good Hygiene. Don’t bite your nails or chew around them. Take care of your nail tools as well by keeping them clean. Wash with soap and water or wipe them with alcohol. Disposable tools should be replaced regularly. Be careful when you get a manicure and pedicure. Make sure that the tools are kept clean and disinfected to prevent diseases and infection.

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