The best way to getting stronger, longer nails is mostly through simple lifestyle changes. Therefore, getting healthy nails also means getting rid of some bad habits, such as using your nails as a built-in pocketknife or biting your nails.
- Keep fingernails dry and clean.This prevents bacteria from growing under your fingernails. Repeated or prolonged contact with water can contribute to split fingernails. Wear cotton-lined rubber gloves when washing dishes, cleaning or using harsh chemicals.
- Moisturize Moisturize Moisturize! Moisturizing is a well-known secret to healthy skin, but it’s often overlooked in nail care. While dry, brittle nails can be the result of many factors, they’re ultimately a cry for moisture, so consider investing in a good moisturizer, make sure to rub it into the fingernails and cuticles.
- Leave your cuticles alone It’s common practice to cut, push back, or try to get rid of cuticles altogether, but cuticles are not the enemy. In fact, the cuticle is the nail’s natural protective seal. Messing with your cuticles can do far more harm than good—even if a nail technician is the one doing the handiwork, a compromised cuticle can leave the nails vulnerable and at risk of infection.
- Practice good nail hygiene.Use sharp manicure scissors or clippers. Trim your nails straight across, then round the tips in a gentle curve. Use a gentle nail brush to clean under the nails, avoid the urge to dig in with a sharp tool.
- Rethink your products Avoid using nail care products containing harsh chemicals. Consider shifting to natural and organic ones. Natural/organic nail lacquers overall are better for your nails because of the quality and the exclusion of many harmful toxins contained in traditional nail polishes. Opt for toxin-free nail products, like our brand Fedua, which is free of formaldehyde resin, camphore, toluene, DBP, xylene, metiletilchetone. Studies have shown that these chemicals which are found in most nail polishes, can be harmful to the skin and can stay in your system for a significant amount of time. Not only can they be harmful to your body, but also they are bad for the environment.
Signs of Healthy Nails:
- Nail plates are a pinkish-white color
- Fingernails are smooth, without pits or grooves
- Cuticles are existent (so don't cut them!)
- Nails and white tips are even lengths
- Prominent half-moon shaped white section (called the lunula) at nail base
- Both cuticles and nails are well hydrated
Signs of Unhealthy Nails:
- Biting your fingernails or picking at your cuticles.These habits can damage the nail bed. Even a minor cut alongside your fingernail can allow bacteria or fungi to enter and cause an infection.
- Nail discolouration. Smoking, fungal infection, Failure to use a base coat when applying nail polish can often cause nails to discolour.
- Brittle/ peeling nails
- Dry cuticles/hangnails
- White Spots (leukonychia)-Usually occur when there is damage to the base of your nails.