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Do's and Don'ts: How to Maintain Healthy Nails

With proper care, many unwanted nail diseases can be avoided.

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First, let's figure out what healthy nails should look like? They are usually pink in color, smooth, and have no grooves, spots or cracks. Today we will figure out what you can and cannot do to keep your nails strong and healthy.

Hand care.

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What you need to do to keep your nails healthy:

1. When you wash your hands - daily hygiene is of utmost importance - always try to dry your nails well. This way you will prevent them from softening and even the appearance of bacteria or fungi (don't panic, but prevention is better than cure).

2. Always file your nails in the same direction. From edge to center; first on one side, then on the other.

3. Use nail strengtheners. Always use a base coat before applying polish.

4. Moisturize your cuticles. It is imperative to take care of the cuticle, because it performs a fundamental function - to cover the nail and protect it from all kinds of infections. And your nails look more well-groomed with moisturized cuticles.

5. Moisturize your hands. Apply the cream at night (don't forget to also apply it to your nails and cuticles) and let it work while you sleep.

6. Watch your diet. Eating salmon, dried fruits, vegetables, avocados, dairy products containing calcium, and foods rich in vitamins A and B can have a beneficial effect on the condition of your hair and nails.

What not to do to keep your nails healthy:

1. Don't cut your nails. It's best to file them down if possible, but if you have no other choice, use special manicure tools. Take your cuticle shape as a guide for a more natural finish.

2. Do not expose them to harmful external factors. Try to use gloves when using chemicals to clean your home, protect your hands and nails from cold in frosty weather, etc. When using nail polish remover, give preference to products that do not contain acetone.

3. Don't bite your nails! Every time you chew, remember that by doing so you are making them softer, more brittle and weaker.

4. Do not tear off hangnails or false nails. This is another common mistake. Scissors and a nail file will help you! If you have a torn false nail, it is best to call your nail technician and arrange a time for her to redo it for you, otherwise you may damage the living tissue of your nail.

5. If any signs of nail diseases appear, contact a podiatrist. Cases involving discoloration of the nails, streaking, chipping, or extreme weakness require special attention). Nails are a good way to talk about the problems of our body. Don't neglect them!