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5 Tips for Healthier Fingernails
There are quick and easy nail care tips that you can incorporate into your daily routine to keep your nails looking and feeling healthy, to keep them from thinning, breaking, and changing colors. When our nails are healthy they are all the same color, smooth, and free of ridges. It can sometimes take a bit of work to keep up with these nail care tips and have your nails in a healthy condition.
You'll want to trim your nails, at least once every two weeks. Use a set of clippers that will trim them in a straight edge and file the edges in a slight curve. The best time to trim your fingernails and prevent breakage is when they're soft such as after bathing or when you're finished doing the dishes.
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2. CUTICLE OIL
Using a cuticle oil every other day to keeps your cuticles soft an nourished is recommended when trying to manage your nail care. You can apply an oil and use an orange stick to push back your cuticles. You don't want to cut your cuticles as this could cause infection. So gently massaging them should do the trick and keep them manageable.
3. SOAK IN WARM WATER
You can soak your nails in luke warm water once every two weeks or so for about 10-15 minutes. You can do this before trimming them as well to soften your nails and your cuticles. You can add fresh lemon juice or baking soda if you're looking to whiten your nails a bit. You'll want to immediately moisturize after the soak.
4. BALANCED DIET
Eating a balanced diet will especially aid in keeping your nails healthy. Foods rich in protein, essential fatty acids, and calcium to name a few. Also you can begin taking a biotin supplement to promote hair and nail growth.
One of the most important tips I can give is to constantly moisturize. You want to especially do this after you have just finished doing the dishes, bathing, or swimming. If you hands are especially dry and your nails brittle load up on lotion and wear cotton gloves for 10-15 minutes every other night.
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