Nail Care Tips
Who doesn’t love long, healthy nails? We need something to paint jewel tones or stylish nudes on – bitten and broken nails are never in style. Here are a few tips to keep your nails healthy without spending a fortune on manis and pedis!
Moisturize. When you’re slathering lotion onto your arms and hands, rub it into your fingers and cuticles as well. Discovery Health says that brittle nails can be caused by lack of moisture. The cold winter can also sap away moisture that your nails need to be beautiful and healthy.
Discovery additionally says to avoid harsh chemicals which can dry them out leading to further breakage. Nail Polish Remover can easily break down your nails, so try to use it sparingly. You can also try a more natural alternative like “The Stripper to Go.”
Push down cuticles, don’t cut them. According to Nail Aid, cuticles perform the important job of stopping bacteria from getting into the roots of your nails. Instead, use a cuticle remover and an orange stick to gently push them back.
Take care of those tootsies. When you’re strutting around in open-toed heels, the last thing you want is a gnarly big toe sticking out. Make sure you’re wearing shoes that are the right size. If they’re too small, they could make your toes swell, which could lead to ingrown toenails. Also use a pumice stone on your feet to get rid of those nasty calluses.
Soak your feet in warm water for about ten minutes, and then rub with the pumice stone. Webmd suggests soaking your feet in a warm bath made of black tea. The tannic acid in it is a natural antibacterial agent.
Treat your torn nail. Nothing is worse than tearing a nail. It’s painful and not pretty. The only real treatment is to allow it to grow back. You have two options: You can cut the torn part off at an angle, or you can tape the torn part back into place until it grows out far enough for you to painlessly trim it off.
Remember: Moisturize, pumice those tootsies, don’t cut those cuticles and treat tears with care. Follow these rules, and your hands and feet will be the envy of all your nail-biting friends.