Back in my high school days, a friend of mine used to go to the doctor because of dents on her nails. I thought she was just fastidious. When I finally inquired, I learned that having those things in your nails is sometimes an indication of illness. So aside from having a sturdy set of nails for a nice pedicure and manicure, it will not do us harm if we try to properly care for our nails. Read on for some tips to keep your nails in good condition.
Regularly trim your nails. This is a healthy practice. It will not only ensure that you don't have unsightly nails but this also prevents you from storing dirt under your nail bed, which is not hygienic and a total turn off. Do not use old and rusty nail cutters as this could cause bacterial infection or tetanus. Use sharp clippers when trimming your nails and smoothen the edges with a nail file or emery board.
In line with trimming or clipping your nails, never bite your nails. It could leave your nails looking very unattractive and unpleasant. Add to that the fact that it is not healthy since it damages the nail bed and can cause infection by allowing fungi or bacteria to spread in the open area. Be cautious if you find yourself or someone close to you developing this kind of habit. Note that repeatedly biting the nails could also indicate psychological problems.
Wear gloves when hand washing laundry. If the said task will require you to do it for long periods or on a regular basis, arm yourself with a trusty pair of rubber gloves to protect your hands and finger nails. Same care should be taken when cleaning up the toilet or other parts of the house, when using strong chemicals.
Unknown to most of us, we also need to moisturize our nails. Swab your nails with lotion as you lather your hands with its daily dose of moisturizer. The more you expose your hands to water, the more you have to moisturize and this is especially true for both your hands and your nails. Since a lot of people are used to using acetone in removing nail polish, which dries up the nails, make it also a habit to moisturize after removing polish. For weak nails, make it a habit to also moisturize before going to bed. To lock in the moisture to both your hands and fingernails, put on a pair of cotton gloves for the entire night.
If your nails are brittle and weak, you can apply nail hardening solution. Just steer away from purchasing solutions that have formaldehyde or toluene sulfonamide, they can stain your nails and cause skin irritation.
Don't be a masochist-do not pull out a hangnail. Clip it instead.
Finally, try not to use your fingernails to force open some things like a can of soda. Doing so could break your nails. Hope the tips help!