Healthy Nail Habits You Should Start Today

Jun 28, 2016 by Sarah (Day Styles)

When you’re a professional in the workforce, there is a certain expectation of how your nails should look. They don’t need to be perfect 100% of the time, but they definitely need to be well maintained, clean and presentable. The best way to do that is to adopt some healthy habits that will keep your nails in good condition. Here are some easy things you can start doing immediately to help improve the health and appearance of your nails!

Hydration

Nails are like your skin - they need hydration too! To help keep your nails from drying out, keep some cuticle cream on hand for when you feel like your hands are a dried out. Rub the cream on your nails and cuticles. Moisturizing will help prevent nails from cracking or peeling - and if you’re like me, when that happens there’s just no other option but to pick at your nails, making things worse! Hydration will keep even an un-manicured set of nails looking optimal.

Maintain A Healthy Diet

What you eat affects your entire body, including your nails! Eating right will have a direct impact on the heath of your nails, so ensure you’re eating a healthy, nutritious diet. The best thing for hardening your nails is protein so also make sure you’re getting enough protein and leafy greens in your diet! If you have especially weak or brittle nails, ask your doctor about a biotin supplement. This vitamin B complex (also known as Vitamin H) is good for your nails and can be found in egg yolk, liver, and yeast. With a good diet and protein, your nails will look fabulous!

No Biting

There are multiple reasons why you should avoid biting your nails. While nail-biting can be a bad habit we develop when we’re children, it’s unprofessional and unsanitary as an adult. Biting our nails makes both your nails and your hands look worse than they should. Plus, do you know how much bacteria lies underneath your nails? I dare you to look it up - then you’ll never bite your nails ever again.

Be Careful With Gel

Gel nails are something that you should treat with caution. We’ve all heard the horror stories about how wearing gel nails too often can destroy the surface of your nails! At the same time, there are some steps you can take to make sure that your nails aren’t totally damaged. Do your research and go to a reputable nail technician, make sure that the removal process is gentle (please don’t pick your nails), and if the technician does use a metal scraper, ask them to be careful. Basically, you don’t want to damage the top layer of your nail.

Manicures

We recommend that you get a manicure every two weeks. We understand that this may sound like a long time, considering the lifespan of over-the-counter nail polish (sometimes it feels like two hours or less!) But even if you opt out of polish, getting a manicure can help keep your nails strong, healthy and beautiful. Proper treatment prevents dreaded hang nails, trims your cuticles and prevents them from growing too long, and maintains healthy nails and cuticles. If you don’t want to spend time and money at the salon, try a personal manicure kit from your local pharmacy. You can treat yourself in the comfort of your home. Using any combination of these nail treatments and healt tips you can keep your nails looking professional and polished.

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