8 Best Tips to keep Your Nails Healthy and Clean
Monday, January 18, 2016 • 28 comments
Most of us manage some time in our hyper-connected and super busy life, to set our hair, make up our faces, but don't give a whole lot of thought to our nails. Our hands are always engaged in a variety of activities every day and fingernails accumulate the most bacteria found on the hands. When you scratch an itchy skin area or bite your nails, those bacteria find a way to our mouth and reach the rest of your body, creating many health problems. A clean set of nails helps you stay healthy and prevent many infections to take place. Read on for the top 8 tips to take care of your nails at home.
Tip 1: Maintain good hand hygiene: Proper hand hygiene includes thorough cleaning and trimming of fingernails, which may store germs and can contribute to the spread of some infections, such as pinworms. Fingernails should be kept short, and the undersides should be cleaned frequently.
Tip 2: Moisturize your nails: Apply some moisturizer to your nails. It can make cuticles look better and help protect nails from breaking due to a lack of moisture.
Tip 3: Use protective layers: Applying a nail hardener might help strengthen nails, however, if you do use, use them sparingly.
Tip 4: Take biotin: Much research has found that biotin supplements might help to strengthen weak or brittle fingernails by increasing nail thickness and prevent splitting and breaking.
Tip 5: Stop biting: This is a common habit among many of us. Nail biting damages our nail beds allows the bacteria to enter our mouth and body. Even a minor cut alongside the nails can allow bacteria to enter and cause an infection.
Tip 6: Leave your cuticles alone: Don't cut or pick your cuticles because they are the natural barrier to fungus and bacteria. Picking or cutting them means breaching that protection. You may also get a nasty infection that harms the nail bed and leads to permanent nail damage.
Tip 7: Pull off hangnails carefully: Nobody likes getting hangnails as they are irritating and unsightly, but you must be careful to clip off your hangnail otherwise you can get a cut and cause infections.
Tip 8: Use the right nail care products: You need to use the nail products that do not harm your nails. Avoid acetone-based polish removers if you have brittle nails because it is found that it strips your nails, causing them to become brittle. Avoid using rough emery boards because they are too harsh for nails, causing small fissures and cracks that lead to breakage and tears. Also, don't overdo hand washing and limit contact with housework or laundry chemicals.
this article is written by Moyed Adnan of ezineartciles.com and agiftofbeauty.com
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