The outer ends of human body have been beautifully guarded by nature in the form of nails. Nails are the end points of the extremities. Imagine if you had no nails and just a pad of fat at the ends of hands and feet. Wouldn’t it be odd to look and always at the risk of being injured? Whether the nails are trimmed or maintained beautifully long they are the pride of every lady. Young or old ladies take utmost care of their nails.
Just as you care for other important aspects of yourself, nails also demand an attention too. Caring nails is to treat them with your heart. Strengthen them to proper hardness and flexibility. A few points about nails that you must realize.
- Your body skin and nails are constantly exposed to sebum or oil excreted by skin and water as sweat.
- Everything that you touch is basically a combination of chemicals.
- Even water is c chemical. It is an old saying that continuous water application over a hard stone can break it eventually.
- Split nails are a sign of dryness and lack of nail nutrition.
Therefore, you must take care of nails from chemicals and more important is the water. Overexposure to a chemical can lead to an allergic reaction or nail disease. Your nail plate has many layers though you can’t see because they have become tight and hard and give a translucent look.
Some golden rules and tips for healthy nails.
- You must never bit your nails. Biting causes stress fractures at the corners or the edges of the nail. This may eventually lead to breaking and spreads infection to the body. Nails are the outer most part of the extremities and more prone to air, which contains dust and bacteria too.
- Do not rub the top of nails. Some people rub their nails out of stress and anxiety., especially students before their exams and candidates before their interviews. But these may cause severe ridges on top of the nail plate.
- Wear gloves while cleaning surfaces and washing any household items.
- Dry the nails immediately, if they have been exposed to water for long. Nails are porous and absorb water easily. Water also has many germs thriving within it. Mainly fungal infections are very common in the nails.
- Weekly once you must file the nails and take care of the cuticle which is a white crescent shaped portion on the nail.
- Do not try to open any packing or a letter with your nails. Nails are not scissors. This may lead to bending of the nail or even break it.
- Slip into warm winter hand gloves. The cold winter temperatures can dry your nails.
- You can use a moisturizing cream and massage over the hand and nails. This will moisturize both the skin and nails.
- Avoid exposure to hazardous chemicals. Working in laboratories or factories where there is direct exposure to chemicals can lead to nail to become brittle and break. Nail diseases can also be a result. Wear gloves and work.
- Use good nail polishes with a good brand. Also regularly change the nail polishes.
- Use vitamin E capsules for nail care. Open the capsule with a pin and squeeze out the contents over the nails. Gently massage the nails. This increases blood supply to the nail cuticle and promotes healthy nail growth.
- Always keep a handy nail file for emergency. Whenever you notice an uneven edge or a crack then quickly file the nail before it leads to the breaking of the nail.
- Nutrition to the nail is also necessary. Protein loaded foods are important for building strong nails.
- Fishes are a good choice of protein. This white meat is easily absorbed into the body and has no side effects.
- Take plenty of water and fluids to keep the nails hydrated.
- Calcium rich food are also required for maintaining good nail care. Drink milk daily to nourish the nail health.
- Use nail strengtheners. These really do wonders. They are made of keratin protein, which the nail actually made of. It is said that use of strengtheners can keep the nail well maintained, however when you stop its use the nail gets back to its original composition.
- Always clean the under surface of nail from dust and dirt. These can lead to undue infections.
- Never scratch with your nails. This may lead to spreading the infection to other body parts and to others too.
- Keep long nails, but not too long to hamper activities.
- Application of henna over the nails has also proved to cure the nails and maintain them well. Henna is obtained from plants and it’s a good source of nutrition and natural disinfectant.
- Mothers of infants should never keep long and dirty nails. This can affect the new born immediately. Every time the mother curdles or looks after her child, she should use a disinfectant.
- Children should never keep long nails. Weekly trimming is necessary and it is a routine in some schools to check their nails when they enter the school.
Nails are the natural gift. They should be cared for and should be well maintained. There are number of natural home remedies for nails.Nails are not only a women’s outlook. Even men should look after their nails. They should too keep them well trimmed and file them when necessary. They too should keep them moisturized and clean. Some men have a habit of keeping a few nails long, so that they can use it for tearing and opening packets. This is a very dangerous thing to do. The nail may break or at times the whole nail may completely be removed from the nail bed.
Men should keep their nails small. They can use gloves while working with water or chemicals. Gloves prevent the hands and nails from hazardous conditions and fungal infections.
Hence, with proper nutrition and good care and maintenance nails can be maintained beautifully.