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Published on December 6th, 2018 | by beauty international

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The Key To Healthier, Stronger Nails

Who doesn’t want strong healthy nails? But, why is it so hard to grow and maintain gorgeous nails? If yours crack, split, or refuse to grow, you’ve came to the right place. Here’s the top 5 things you can do to ensure your nails are strong and healthy.

1) Minimise Water Exposure

We’re not suggesting you stop washing your hands or don’t go swimming as often. This can be achieved by doing simple things, like, wearing rubber gloves when you wash dishes to keep your nails from getting soft. Or even just minimize time spent in hot showers and swimming pools. When it comes to strengthening fingernails, Samer Jaber, MD, of Washington Square Dermatology, says to “avoid excessive water exposure, as it can soften your nails.” With overhydration, our nail beds expand as water is absorbed, then contract as the moisture evaporates, leaving them noticeably flimsy and prone to peeling.

2) Only File Your Nails In One Direction

How you file your nails can make or break them—literally. You’ll want to cut your nails with clippers first, then shape them with a standard metal nail file, or better yet a fine-grit cushion file, which is rougher on the skin around your nails. Sawing back and forth with any file can weaken the nail’s edges and set you up for rips, tears, and peeling. Nails are strongest when you shape them into an oval, says Dr. Kunin of Kansas City. The pointier you make them, the likelier they are to break. Which isn’t what we want. So always file in one direction, using long, swift but gentle strokes. A pro tip is to Start from the outside edge and move into the centre. This technique will give you a smooth finish and more control over the shape you’re trying to achieve.

3) Cut Down On Chemicals

As hard as this may be to read. Many of your favourite nail polishes, acrylics, and nail polish removers are full of harsh chemicals that cause nail brittleness, dryness, and thinning. If you want to make your nails stronger, it’s wise to avoid gel polishes, acrylic nail glue, acetone soaks, and acetone nail polish remover at all costs. Even though they give you that glossy finish, its just not worth the damage. Avoid chemical irritants, as your nails can be damaged from chemical exposures. If you can’t resist having your nails painted, stick to nontoxic nail polish and acetone-free removers that won’t strip your nails and skin of their natural oils. We’re not saying to stop getting your nails painted. Of course not. Instead, fully remove your nail polish after five days and allow them the same amount of time to recover before getting them re-painted.

4) Moisturize the nail bed and the cuticle.

While there is little in the way of medical data showing that moisturizing the nail bed will help nails grow, it can make cuticles look better and help protect nails from breaking due to a lack of moisture. If your nails are prone to breakage, it could mean they need moisture — and putting oil around the cuticle helps moisturize the entire nail, which will reduce the incidence of chipping, cracking, and splitting.

5) Health

It sounds cliché, but one of the easiest and most effective ways to having strong nails is maintaining a healthy diet. Foods like blueberries that are full of antioxidants help protect your body’s cells from free radical damage, while leafy greens provide the iron you need for nail strength. Magnesium-rich almonds are great for smoothing your nails’ vertical ridges, and the calcium in dairy is an important mineral for helping them grow. Incorporate fish oil, vitamin D, and plenty of coconut oil into your diet as well for optimum nail health. This will leave your nails healthy and strong as well as improve complexion.

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