A majority of women are concerned about how their nails look. Well-manicured nails have a great impact on your self-esteem, as well as determining the flawlessness of your overall look. Many women rely on the advice of salon personnel on how to care for our nails. Unfortunately, some of the advice might not be accurate.
On that note, today we are going to shed light on the various secrets dermatologists will agree on, to having beautiful and perfectly manicured nails.
Let’s delve into specifics.
- Avoid using hard nail polish
Also known as nail varnish, nail polish is a decorative lacquer that originated from China and is applied to the finger and toenails to protect the nail plates and give them colour. What’s more, there are different nail polish shades in the market to give your nails a new look, lustrous feel, and make them more attractive.
However, the type of nail polish you use goes a long way in determining the health of your nails. Substandard nail polish contains toxic substances that are harmful to your nails. Some of these harmful chemicals include toluene, camphor, and dibutyl phthalate. So, it is advisable to always read the label before purchasing any nail polish brand.
- Go for quality removers
As much as nail polish makes our nails more appealing, overstaying with it can be harmful to the nails. This is the reason why you need not just any remover, but a quality one for that matter.
Go for acetone-free removers or those manufactured from natural products. The reason being, they are less-harsh to the nails.
- Avoid cutting or manipulating cuticles
Whether you have a DIY nail care routine or you have your nails professionally done, the No. 1 rule is to never cut or manipulate your cuticles.
Cuticles act as a barrier that prevents fungus and other bacteria from entering the nail bed. Doing away with cuticles is harmful and it is a breach of protection that might lead to bad nail infections or worse, permanent damage to the nails.
What’s more, regular manipulation of cuticles might leave your nails inflamed and ragged, destroying any chances of flaunting beautiful nails.
- Use nail hardeners sparingly
If you can completely avoid nail hardeners, the better. Otherwise, use them sparingly.
The reason why dermatologists and other nail experts are concerned about nail hardeners is, there is no tangible evidence of the benefits of nail hardeners. Naturally, healthy nails are flexible and the sure way to ensure they do not break is to avoid things that make them brittle.
What you can do thou, is to make a natural nail-strengthening DIY recipe at home.
- Diet is key
Diet is a key aspect that has a significant impact on the health of an individual. The same health benefits are transferable to the nails.
For example, eating foods rich in vitamin B strengthens the nails and iron foes a long way in preventing ridges from forming. Other important nutrients include protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A and C. Additionally, drinking enough water allows you to stay hydrated.
Along with the tips on having beautiful nails, there are also many creative ways of using your nail polish. You can try the ideas & have fun with creative & funky nails.