Most people usually don’t think about nail health very often, but a little attention can keep your hands and feet in good condition. Maintaining strong, healthy and beautiful nails year round is not complicated at all. You can improve the look and feel of your nails by following some of these suggestions to keep your nails in tip-top shape.
Our diet will reflect on the health of our nails.
- Eat protein rich food for white bands across the nails.
- Iron deficiency or repeated exposure to water or chemicals will cause nails to split.
- Vitamin B 12 prevents dryness, rounded and curved ends and darkening of nails.
- Eat food rich in zinc to prevent white spots on the nails.
- Poor metabolism of essential fatty acids causes red skin around the cuticles.
- Eat food rich in sulfur and silicon like broccoli, fish, and onions.
- Eat food rich in biotin such as soy, brewer’s yeast and whole grains.
- Drink plenty of water and fresh fruit juices.
Eat well for better, healthier and more beautiful nails!
How can I help my dry skin and cuticles?
Moisturize, Rehydrate, Oil, and Lotion. Keep a good quality hand cream with you always. Whenever you wash your hands, apply it. Also, use good quality cuticle oils and gently rub into your cuticles twice a day.
Why won't nails grow?
Your nails are always growing. On average, your nails grow about 1/8 of an inch per month. Most people's nails don't seem to grow because they break before they see results. Many people bite their nails, rip them off, others tend to shed or peel. They best way to see results is to start a healthy nail program with your nail technician.
Will fake nails keep my nails from growing crooked?
If your nails have always grown a certain way, they will continue to grow that way until you die or something changes your nail matrix (the "brain" of the nail). Nail enhancements can only "cover" your natural nail appearance, not change it.
The most common nail wreckers are harsh detergents and water, which can stress nail fibers. So be sure to put rubber gloves on while you clean or do dishes. Avoid using lotions that contain alcohol if your nails are prone to brittle nails. It will only make your nails worse. It may be possible that your calcium intake is low, as well. Also, another overlooked cause is simply dehydration. Drink more water!
Ridges on nails
Sometimes it’s genetic. If you've always had them, you always will. If you never had them before and just started to notice them, it could be stress or simply the fact that you're getting older. As we get older the nails on our hands & toes sometimes become ridged. In order to get a smooth polish application your nail technician will GENTLY buff the nail surface; apply a ridge filler base coat before applying the polish and topcoat.
Should cuticles and calluses be cut?
As a rule cuticles should not be cut unless there is excessive growth. The cuticle protects the nails from infection, and the calluses give you shock absorbers. Cutting the cuticles and calluses creates a high risk of injury which could very likely lead to an infection. The best way to care for your cuticles is to apply good quality cuticle oil and gently push them back. The calluses are your bodies’ armor and should be treated with a coarse file or pumice stone. You may carefully trim any hangnails and for best results, schedule a manicure and pedicure with your nail technician.
What causes finger nail damage?
The nail can be damaged by nail-biting, scratching the nail folds, infection, an incompetent nail technician, or trauma such as slamming a finger in a car door. Damaged nails may appear ridged or cracked and broken. If they do not appear "normal" after about one year, then most likely the nail matrix has been damaged and the nail will never be normal again.
What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a hereditary disorder which most commonly affects the skin on the elbows, knees, face, and even the scalp with a rash like appearance. In the finger nails, psoriasis may appear as pits in the nail plate, or as the nail plate separating from the nail bed (onycholysis). Other symptoms include the nail loosing its normal luster, appearing discolored, or grossly thickening.
What is Paronychia?
Paronychia is an inflammation of the nail folds commonly caused by constant exposure to moisture. Exposure to bacteria or fungus can often cause a secondary infection accompanied by painful swelling of the nail fold. If the infection goes untreated for an extended period of time, the nail plate can become deformed. Paronychia can be treated by draining the infected nail fold, taking oral antibiotics, or using a topical anti-fungal or antiseptic lotion. If you have paronychia it's best to avoid prolonged exposure to water (eg. washing dishes), or try wearing gloves.
A plantar wart is triggered by the human papillomavirus (HPV). The virus is introduced through tiny breaks, cuts or cracks on the soles of the feet. It infects only the superficial layer of skin, creating a thickened callus-like growth which could be painful if located in areas of the feet subjected to pressure.
Plantar warts are usually not a serious health issue; infection by person to person contact is very unlikely and may require treatment only if there is severe discomfort or pain. To reduce the risk of a planter wart infection avoid walking barefoot in public pool areas, gyms, showers, and bathrooms.
How do I avoid getting polish on my cuticles?
Instead of painting right from the cuticle, place the brush on the nail bed about 1/8" away from the cuticle and push backwards toward it, stopping just before the skin.
How do remove polish from my cuticles?
Plan ahead. Paint your nails about an hour before bedtime, leaving the messy polish on. When taking a shower the next morning, the polish will soften and peel off. Any stubborn polish still left on the skin can easily be removed by rubbing it with a soft towel. In a rush? Use a cotton swab and nail polish remover to do a quick removal.
How do I keep my polish from peeling near the skin?
Lightly buff the top of your nail near your cuticle with a fine-grained file. This will take away the top oily enamel and allow better adhesion.
I keep getting those darn bubbles!
Two things can cut down significantly on bubbles:
ROLL the bottle between your palms, instead of shaking it. Shaking just whips bubbles into the polish. Also, use only thin coats.
Why does my polish keep cracking?
Try applying a thin clear coat of polish every other night to avoid this.
People say that a different moisturizer is needed for your nails than for your hands...why?
The fact is that your fingernails absorb water a whole lot faster than your skin does...and they lose the moisture just as fast as they absorb it. So considering how much hand cream you need in the wintertime, think how thirsty your nails are, and recognize that they need just as must tenderness (if not more) than your hands do.
My hands are constantly in water. What can I do to keep my manicure nice?
Keep nails well-trimmed, and don't wear polish to work (not even clear, it'll just crack and peel).
Wear gloves if possible and be generous in the use of cuticle oils and hand lotions.