Nails, one of the most lovable part of our body. Not always do we overlook them but sometimes our work and day-today lives do take a toll on our nails thus making them look bad. But unfortunately sometimes they are not looked after properly resulting in brittle, yellowish or damaged nails. So we have decided to tell you some simple yet useful nail hacks that will improve the health of your nails.
Tips To Protect Your Nails
- Don’t BITE them : They are not a pieces of cakes. So please don’t bite your nails. Do not also rub them against each other as it makes them prone to breakage.
- Protect them when you are working : Wear gloves when you are working with any sort of chemicals (even if they are mild). Your fingernails are delicate and they tend to get damaged very easily. Rubber gloves are advisable.
- Be cautious when they are wet : Wet nails are prone to breaking easily. So when you have washed your hands or done some water related jobs kindly wait till they dry before you get started on your next task.
- They FEEL cold : When it’s cold outside make it a point to put your gloves on as you go out as fingernails too tend to feel the cold and chills.
- They get tanned : Don’t be shocked. Your nail’s do get tanned. So it is also advisable for you to keep them covered when you go out on summer days. This will prevent your nails from getting yellowish.
- Massage : Like the rest of our body, they also demand a massage. But keep in mind to massage the cuticles particularly as they help in blood flow to the nails which in turn keeps them healthy in the long run.
- Moisturizing : After washing your hands, make it a point to moisturize your nails. It prevents them from getting dried. It is the best to moisturize them before going to bed at night, especially if you are a person who does a lot of house chores.
- Filing : Its advised to file your nails rather than cutting it. A filer will also help you to make the edges fine. Also, it’s advised to file the nails in one direction i.e. not make to and fro movements with your filer or rub it against your nails.
- Protein : Proteins are not only important for your hair but also for your healthy nails. Well of course, vegetarians take in more protein than non-vegetarians. But a non vegetarian can also include more proteins through food stuffs such as nuts, eggs, quinoa or beans in your diet.
- Zinc : Deficiency of zinc leads to weakening and retarded growth of nails. Include lots and lots of green leafy vegetables to combat the deficiency of zinc in your diet.
- It’s not a tool : Dear ladies, you tend to forget that those are your nails, not pocket knives. Stop treating them as a tool please.
- Hydrate yourself : Drink a minimum of 4 litres of water daily. Apart from benefiting skin and health, water nourishes and benefits your nails too.
- Nail Strengtheners : These might look like simple nail paints but they add hardness to nails thereby controlling their wear and tear to a large extent by adding keratin to the nails. They give the nails a shiny look. But it’s important for those with brittle nails to avoid applying nail strengtheners.
Allow them to breathe : If you have a habit of keeping your nails painted always or your profession demands so, make sure you let them breathe for at least once day in a week. By allowing them to breather, we mean remove your nail polish every now and then. And let your nails breathe overnight at least.
You can let your nails breathe by removing the nail paint with any nailpolish remover of your choice and leave them unpainted for a day or two.
- Manicure and Pedicure : Manicures and pedicures are as equally as important for your nails like the points mentioned above. It is the same with going for regular haircuts, regular facials and most importantly regular body checkups. Let us read in detail about it.
What is Manicure and Pedicure?
This is basically the finger and toe nails care routine. It involves a lot of methods like filing, shaping, cutting, pushing the nail with a cuticle pusher, hand massage and finally apply fresh nail paint. Manicure is doing all the above to your finger nails while pedicure is doing the same to your toe nails.
We all know how important manicure and pedicure is for our nails. But sometimes it becomes hard to spare some time for them. So here is a time saving method of nail care at HOME without using much efforts or time.
a) Manicure for nails at Home
First thing first, if your nails are painted, remove it. Then file or cut your nail to your desired shape or length. Buff your nails as well as it creates a smooth surface and makes your nails look prettier.
How to buff you nails? :
After you are done with the buffering, it’s time to push back your nail cuticles. Apply some moisturizer to soften the cuticle and then push back them with a cuticle stick. Make sure you are very gentle as they are very delicate. Now it’s time to exfoliate your hands i.e. remove the dead cells. Gently rub your hands with a scrub and the region around your nails with a baby brush to exfoliate them. Wash your hands and dry them completely before the next step. Apply some moisturizer. Give a little massage to your hands. Now apply the base coat of nail paint. You may use a white nail paint for this purpose. Now apply the first layer of nail paint. Let it dry. After about half an hour apply the second layer. Then let it dry. AND voila, you are done!
Manicure Tip 1: Remember to file your nails in one particular direction and not to and fro.
Manicure Tip 2: The best way to dry your nail paint is by dipping them in icy cold water.
b) Pedicure For Nails at Home
Take a tub of hot water. A tub is suggested for pedicure as it will give you enough surface for your feet to get soaked properly. Keep the water at moderate temperate. [Remember water at very high temperature might cause damage to your skin]. Put a couple drops of shampoo into it. Soak your feet for 5-10 minutes. This time is really important as it will soften the skin and will easily help you remove the dead cells and dirt from your skin. Also, you will notice that the shampoo has done it’s magic and cleaned up your skin.
So you need not work much on removing the dirt off your skin. Then lightly brush the region around your nails with a soft brush for removing the dead cells and dirt(if any). If by chance you happen to have a cracked heel. Then firstly clean up your cracked heels. Then gently rub off the dead cells. Apply non-diluted glycerin on the cracked part. Wear socks. You are pretty much done.
If you want to apply a fresh nail polish to your toe nails, then remove your previous nail polish even before dipping your feet in the water. After you have removed the dead cells, then apply the nail paint and let it dry.
Remember you can’t apply glycerin and nail paint simultaneously.
Pedicure Tip 1: In order to make your nail paint color more vibrant, apply a layer of white nail polish before applying the actual one.
Pedicure Tip 2: Washing your feet and going to bed also ensures a good sleep!
This is the easiest way of doing manicure and pedicure at home.