Almost modern every woman wants her manicure to be utter perfection. But in order to achieve that perfection, you must care for your nails regularly. Reasons for brittle nails are numerous. It can vary from health conditions, chemicals, inadequate nutrients – the list goes on. If you’re already blessed with strong and beautiful nails, then the challenge before you is to preserve them in this condition. Here are some tips for strong and healthy nails..
Keep them short and shaped: Nails should not be too long. This makes them more susceptible to harmful influences. You should also refrain from cutting them too deep and exposing the nail bed, since this may lead to infection.
Take B vitamins for strong nails: It’s a secret veterinarians have long known—that the B vitamin biotin strengthens horses’ hoofs. The hoofs are made from keratin, the same substance that makes up fingernails (the natural ones, at least). Several studies find it works just as well in humans. One from Swiss researchers found that patients with brittle nails who supplement with 2,500 micrograms of biotin for six months increased their nail thickness 25 percent. Take 300 micrograms of the vitamin four to six times a day.
Skip the quick-drying nail polish: Most quick-drying polishes contain more formaldehyde and alcohol than regular polishes, and those fluids can dry and split your nails. The best way to fast-dry your nails is by freezing them. Dump a tray of ice cubes into your bathroom sink, add enough cold water to cover them, then dip your wet nails into the cold water for a minute or two after each coat.
Use rubber gloves: Always use rubber gloves when washing the dishes, doing the laundry or any other cleaning or gardening activity. This is especially true if you have just gotten a manicure.
Use Argan oil: Argan oil is rich in minerals, vitamins, and essential fatty acids that would do wonders for your nails. Cosmetic argan oil maybe applied to your nails and cuticles on a regular basis to get that strength and healthy nails you have always wanted. Culinary argan oil on the other hand may be included in one’s diet to get the nutrients needed to keep nails strong. Argan oil is a product of Morocco. Taken from the nuts of trees found only in the said land, argan all is all natural and safe for all nail and skin type. Used for many generations by Moroccan families, argan oil has finally reached global market. It is now able to help men, women, and children of all ages with not just nail problems but with skin and hair problems as well. Take it from the Moroccan women who not only makes this oil but has also used this oil for ages, argan oil has helped them and their families both health wise and beauty wise. Try argan oil in your families and see the difference it will make!
Massage your nails: If you have time to spare, massage your nails and cuticles with olive oil with light patting movements. This will make them strong and shiny. Massaging the nails in water with bath salts also gives them extra shine. Another good alternative is the light mustard seed massage
Use homemade nail creme: For homemade nail cream. You will need:
1 teaspoon avocado puree
1 teaspoon egg yolk
1 teaspoon honey
A pinch of salt
Blend all the ingredients into a smooth paste. Apply a small amount of the mixture to each nail while massaging the nail and the skin and cuticle around it. Do this for 30 minutes and rinse. You can make a larger dose of this lotion. If properly refrigerated, it can keep for up to a month. In order for this lotion to have the best possible effect, you must not do anything with your hands while the procedure lasts (for about half an hour). The best time to do this is two hours before going to bed.
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