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10 Ways to get Stronger, Healthier Nails

by A. Vogel USA, on 18 December 2016, Health

Lack of a balanced diet, poor nail care, and dry weather can take a toll on the health and appearance of your nails, and if you are prone to weak nails that break or spilt, your body might be low on calcium, a common health problem for many women.

And let’s face it, unsightly brittle nails, dry cuticles, and ghastly chipped nail polish will ruin any outfit and make a bad impression. It’s little wonder you keep your nails hidden in your gloves or stuffed into your pockets!

Well, it’s time to give your nails the tender loving care they deserve! Keep them looking beautiful and strong with 10 easy nail care tips!

1. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

You can decrease the risk of drying out your cuticles by drinking plenty of water, and eating fruits and vegetables with a high water content like tomatoes, cucumbers, and lettuce. Simple habits will keep you hydrated, boost your vitamin intake, and keep your nails healthy.

2. Good Food For Great Nails

A lack of protein can also result in brittle fingernails. Nails are made of a tough protective protein called keratin. Adding keratin rich foods like soy, eggs, fish, and beans to your diet can help build strong nails and stop them from breaking and splitting.

Essential fatty acids and minerals are important for strengthening nails too. Almonds and avocados are a fine source or fatty acids. In fact, research shows that eating as few as six almonds a day can have a positive impact on the health of your nails.

Magnesium, a mineral found in whole grains, nuts, dried fruit, and seeds, is also important to the health of your nails– it allows your body to effectively absorbed calcium, fundamental to growing stronger, longer nails.

If essential elements of a healthy diet aren’t always a part of your daily routine, then maybe it’s time to think about taking a calcium absorption supplement.

3. Moisturizing Nail Treatments

When you use hand cream, don’t forget to use it on your nails and cuticles, and don’t just concentrate on the palms and back of your hands and forget your fingers. Nails and cuticles need lots of moisture.
There are many natural ways to moisturize your nails and cuticles to prevent drying and splitting. Use almond oil, olive oil, or vitamin E, daily. Each work to strengthen nails by penetrating and moisturizing the skin and nails to help repair any damage and to soften your nails and cuticles.

*Fun Tip
Warm the oil before applying it to hands and nails. It will help to speed up absorption!  As a weekly treat, soak your nails in the warm oil for 10 to 15 minutes. Your hands and nails will love it.

4. Protect Your Nails From Water

If your nails are submerged in water for a long time or if you wash your hands a lot throughout the day, you can cause damage. Wearing cotton lined rubber gloves when your hands are in water will protect them, and remember to replace moisture after washing your hands to keep hands soft and nails moist.

5.  A Natural Solution for Discolored Nails

A great natural way to tackle discolored fingernails is to scrub them with a slice of lemon. This handy little trick will get rid of stains, and soaking your nails in apple cider vinegar will brighten and gently buff them.

6. Practice Good Nail Hygiene

Regular nail clipping and filing is essential to a well-groomed look. To trim your nails, use sharp manicure scissors or clippers. Begin by clipping them straight across, then rounding the tips in a gentle curve. Filing your nails prevents them from splitting and weakening them, and this is best done in one direction only.

7. Avoid Nasty Chemical Nail Removers

Did you know that conventional nail polish and polish removers contain lots of nasty and very powerful chemicals such as formaldehyde, phthalates, toluene, and acetone– all chemicals that can irritate your skin?

When using nail polish remover, opt for an acetone-free formula as acetone will only dry your nail bed out. Reading the ingredients on a bottle of nail polish can be downright terrifying. But remember, staying informed is better for your nails and better for your health!

8. Try some supplements

Brittle nails chip and snap easily– they just do. Try a calcium absorption supplement and see if your nails aren’t stronger.
Silica, an ingredient found in Calcium Absorption Tablets, is necessary for the rebuilding of all connective tissue, including hair, skin and nails. Taking a supplement containing silica for three to four months can improve nail strength. If you find your nails are brittle, try a calcium absorption supplement and see if your nails aren’t stronger and prettier!

9. Keep a Nail File Handy

Who hasn’t experienced that annoying moment when you break a nail and realize you don’t have a nail file with you. You may be tempted to bite that nail off, but don’t. Biting it will cause more harm than good– it can further damage the nail bed. So, try to keep a nail file handy in your bag or your desk at work. You’ll be able to quickly smooth out the rough edges, prevent further damage and keep them looking good.

10. Don’t forget your toenails!

It’s easy to forget about your toenails, that is until the warm weather rolls around and it is time to breakout the sandals and flip-flops. Regularly maintenance for your toenails is just as important as taking care of your fingernails. So make sure you pay them a little attention too!

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