Nails are the focus point of a woman’s hands. When a woman talks, her hands lend a subtle body language; while beautiful, well-groomed nails lend beauty to her fingertips. Although manicures have been a girl’s best friend since time unknown, in today’s busy life it is not easy to find time for frequent visits to a manicurist. On the other hand, with the rising fascination for Nail Art, nails are exposed to various cosmetics and chemicals that take away their natural shine and strength. However, you don’t need to say goodbye to your nail bar sessions. Just a few minutes every day are enough to naturally enhance the beauty of your nails and ensure nail health. Take notes of the following Nail Care Tips and you may thank us later:
- Olive oil
Olive oil or Jaitoon ka Tail as it is called in India, is a time tested treatment for strong and shiny nails. Olive oil deeply penetrates the cuticles and nails beds when soaked for about 5-10 minutes. You can rub the oil on your toenails. Coconut oil is another powerful alternative that is equally effective and keeps nail infections at bay, and so is castor oil. Use gloves after your soaking sesh to garner maximum benefits.
- Dry & Clean
Keep your nails dry and clean to steer clear of nail infections and brittle nails. After every hand wash, make sure you use a soft towel to dry your hands and nails. Apply a fine layer of Vaseline petroleum jelly, or any good moisturiser to keep your nails from drying out due to frequent washes.
- Regular Grooming
Trimming your nails at regular intervals and maintaining hygiene go a long way in maintaining a beautiful shape of your nails. Whether you like square, almond, stiletto, squoval, ballerina or round, trendy nail shapes glorify your nails naturally. On the other hand, never bite your nails or leave them unfiled after clipping.
- Eat Well & Stay Hydrated
While topical nail treatments are effective, nothing matches your nail health when you eat well and stay hydrated. A protein-rich diet is the harbinger of healthy nails. Foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids positively impact nail health, besides fruits, nuts and seeds that are rich in vitamins A, B, C, & E, and minerals like zinc and calcium. Keeping yourself replenished with water and natural juices also reflects in healthy nails.
- Go au naturel
Lastly, go au naturel! Instead of always keeping your nails painted under coats of harmful chemical-laden nail polishes, it is good to buff your nails for that all natural groomed look.