Nails can say a lot about a person. Many first impressions are made based on these layers of keratin protecting the nail bed. Nails serve practical purposes obviously like keeping dirt and bacteria from collecting on cuticles. Did you know nails can tell you about your overall health? Pale nails can indicate anemia and liver disease while nails with a bluish tint can indicate respiratory ailments. Aside from telling you about possible health concerns or simply being another part of your fashion statement, nails deserve the same attention and care as the rest of your body. When it comes to proper nail care, there are some basic guidelines and rules to keep your nails looking their best.
While most of us love getting manicures and pedicures, we should all follow basic at-home nail care in between visits to the salon. It is important to keep nails trimmed and clean. Nails that are too long may break easier. Nails need to brushed with a clean, soapy nail brush daily to eliminate any bacteria that may cause dreaded nail fungus.
Another important part of nail care is keeping nails, nail beds, and cuticles properly moisturized with a rich hand cream. For those who have brittle nails, in addition to these nail care basics, a protective coat of nail hardener may help eliminate excessive breaking or cracking.
Knowing what not to do is just as important as what to do when aiming for healthy nails. Biting your nails is more than just a socially unacceptable habit, it is highly damaging to your overall health. It leaves your nail bed open to nasty infections in the nail bed. It has also been associated with higher risks of colds and the flu, as well as damaging your teeth.
Aside from nail biting, improperly handling hangnails can lead to damage. Never pull hangnails because they damage the skin of your nail bed. Always cut them instead to ensure safe removal of these pesky troublemakers. It is also recommended to avoid using harsh chemicals on your nails, such as nail polish remover with acetone. There are many acetone-free options available.
With a solid understanding of basic care for nails, you will be proud to have first impressions based on your beautiful nails.
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