Healthy nails, like anything else, happen from the inside out. Taking the right vitamins and skipping a visit to the nail salon are just a couple of ways to keep your nails healthy. Read on and discover a few more tricks that will prevent infection and keep your nails looking event-ready.
Regular trips to the nail salon may keep your nails looking fabulous, but may actually be hurting your nail health. Since it takes about 6 months for fingernails to be replaced, continuous polish application and harsh chemicals used in acrylic and gel polishes can stain and weaken nails. Going once or twice per month versus once per week will allow your nails to repair themselves.
This should be a given, but biting your nails gives an unattractive appearance and could cause infection in your nails. Keeping your nails polished, even if it’s a clear coat, is a great visual signal to stop the nail biting, which will prevent a potential infection.
One of the components of nails is collagen, and taking a regular dose of Vitamin C is essential to the production of collagen in your nails, which keeps them healthy and strong. Zinc, Iron and B-Group vitamins are also vitamins imperative for strong nails.
When getting a professional manicure, it seems like cuticle cutting SHOULD be done. I mean, we can’t think of a time we went to the nail salon and that didn’t happen. What you may not know is that cuticles play a vital role in protecting you from infection. If your cuticles are consistently clipped, the protective barrier could be damaged and allow moisture and bacteria in, which can cause pain, swelling or, even worse, infection.
Written by: Lindsey Alexander