Every one wants a healthy and shiny looking nails and to achieve that maintaining a good hygiene and proper nail care will help.
Nails are the tiniest part of the body that prevents germs from entering into the fingernails and toenails.
LET’S KNOW SOME OF THE INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE NAILS
1.Nails are made up of a protein called keratin.
2.Finger nails grow faster than the toe nails.
3.Fingernails do not sweat.
4.Nails need blood supply to survive.
YOU CAN TAKE CARE OF YOUR NAILS BY FOLLOWIG THE SIMPLE STEPS
1.CLEAN YOUR NAILS
Always you have to clean the nails and skin around it. Make sure that you use acetone free nail polish remover in case you want to remove the chipped old nail polish as the acetone is very strong, it can damage the nail.
2.CLIP YOUR NAILS
Regular trims are essential in order to avoid certain conditions. Trimming the nails regularly helps the fingers from ingrown nail problem.
3.FILE YOUR NAILS
Never rush while filing the nails as it can damage the nail bed. Always file the nails in one direction slowly and gently to ensure to smooth away rough edges.
4.TAKE CARE OF YOUR CUTICLE
Cut the cuticle only which is lifted from the skin. Do not over cut your cuticle as this may lead to invasion of the bacterial infections.
5.APPLY THE BASE COAT
Applying the base coat is a part of prepping, which is done before applying the nail polish as it protects the natural nail plate. It is like a sunscreen for your nails.
Apply the nail polish avoiding the staining of the cuticle. Make sure to use nail polishes which are free from toxic chemicals like dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde and toluene as these will make the nail brittle, split and crack.
7.APPLY THE TOP COAT
Apply the topcoat to seal everything and to get long-lasting result without causing the chipping of the nail polish. Also, you use top coat to give glossy or matt finish.
8.MOISTURIZE YOUR HAND AND CUTICLE
Frequent washing of your hands can lead to dryness of the skin and nail bed. Indulge a moisturizer in your routine to provide deep nourishment to your skin and cuticle. This helps in avoiding the hangnail (skin lifting).
HOME CARE TIPS FOR HEALTHY NAILS
1.Keep your nails clean and dry.
2.Moisturize your cuticle
3.Sanitize the tools
4.You can wear gloves when doing dishes in order avoid dryness.
5.Add vitamin C, vitamin D, protein and calcium to your diet in the form of nuts, beans, lentils, greens etc for healthier and stronger nails.
6.To remove the yellow stains from the nails you can follow this remedy. Add lemon juice in plain water and soak in it for 10 minutes, this helps in slowly removing the stain.
7.You can give warm oil massage to cuticle to maintain the strength of your nail. You can use olive oil, coconut oil etc.
YOU CAN ALSO VISIT SALON FOR NAIL TREATMENTS
For manicures and pedicures always visit the salons which has license and work only with licensed technicians.
FOLLOWING ARE THE TREATMENTS PROVIDED AT A SALON
This is a standard manicure where the nail technician soaks your hand in warm soapy water to soften the dead cells, then proceeds with cleaning the cuticle, cut and file the nails, gives a hand massage, then applies base coat, nail polish, and topcoat , then finishes by applying the cuticle oil.
Paraffin manicure treatment is very helpful if you are having extremely dry skin. A warm wax is applied on the skin which opens the pores and improves the blood circulation, and temporarily relieves from muscle pain.
Gel manicure includes the same procedure as the basic manicure but here gel nail polish is applied and is cured in the UV lamp/ LED lamp, then top coat is applied to lock and secure the nails giving long lasting effect.
Acrylic manicure is same as gel manicure but here we use a combination of liquid monomer and powder polymer which creates a hard protective layer over your natural nail. And then coated with the gel polish and is cured in a UV lamp/ LED lamp.
IMPORTANCE OF NAIL CARE
Taking care of your nails is important as your nails act as a indicators for malnutrition, liver disease, kidney disease, and other health problems.
Finger nails and toenails protect your fingers and toes, so if you don’t keep your nails clean and healthy, the tissues beneath the nails are more prone to infection.