Best Simple Tips For Beautiful Healthy Nails

12 Apr

Chipping and peeling nails got you down?

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I know growing long, healthy nails can be a challenge.  My simple tips show how you too can have a beautiful set of long natural nails.

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Prevent Brittle, Weak Nails
One of the biggest culprits causing brittle, weak nails is nail polish remover.  All nail polish removers contain solvents that strip the nail polish from the nail plate. This can dry the nail plate and contribute to brittle nails.  While non-acetone nail polish [removers] may be slightly less harsh, they may require more rubbing to remove the nail polish.

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Strengthen Your Nails
The stronger your nails, the better off you and your manicure are (especially if you’re trying to rock the natural, longer nail look). While it can seem like the whole waiting-for-a-pot-to-boil syndrome, there are ways to speed up the process of getting stronger beautiful nails.  To strengthen nails, try eating foods including whole grain cereals, whole wheat bread, eggs, dairy and lean proteins like salmon and chicken.  You can still enjoy the foods you love, but you should make a conscious effort to consume healthy fruits and vegetables, nuts, fish and eggs, among other nail-friendly foods.

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Enjoy these great foods for healthy nails:

    • Apples
    • Asparagus
    • Brown rice
    • Cucumbers
    • Eggs
    • Garlic
    • Grapes
    • Liver
    • Nuts
    • Onions
    • Salmon
    • Seeds
    • Soy
    • Tuna
    • Whole grains

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Some minor changes in your life and you can enjoy lovely nails 

*Consume less sugar and less alcohol.

*Do not use your nails as tools. No picking, plucking, poking, prying.

*Don’t bite your nails. Try applying nail polish or painting a bitter-tasting liquid to the nails. Such products have been specially designed to help people quit their nail-biting habits.

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*Don’t remove hangnails by pulling at them. Gently clip them with manicure scissors to prevent damage to your skin and tissue.

*Eat fewer saturated fats.

*Ensure that you consume enough protein.

*Increase your intake of Vitamins A, B, C, D and E.

*Keep your nails short to prevent breakage.

*Leave your cuticles alone.

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Moisturise your nails

Nails need moisture just like your hands do. Rub lotion into your nails when moisturising your hands.  Be sure to apply cuticle cream each time you wash your hands.  Using creams like Dermelect’s Rejuvenail Cuticle Cream keeps your cuticles soft, healthy, and protected from the elements.

Use colored nail polish

Use colored nail polish while you are growing your nails.  If you prefer a softer look, try a sheer shade.  Colored nail polish helps you become more aware of your hands and how to use them in a way that keeps your nail polish undamaged and hence your nails protected.

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Wearing rubber gloves

Whenever you are indulging in any kind of housework, be it doing the dishes or scrubbing the bathroom, make sure to wear hand gloves.  This will prevent unnecessary chipping and save your nails from the harsh cleaners as well.

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What causes my nails to turn yellow and how can I get rid of the yellow stains?

Darker coloured nail polish can cause a chemical reaction between the nail polish’s coloring agent and the nail plate.  This can cause nails to develop a yellowish color.  While it is different for every person this reaction can occur in a matter of days or within weeks of wearing the nail color.  To prevent nails from yellowing always use a base coat before applying nail polish.  Not only will this prevent staining but it can also extend the life of the nail polish.

For already yellow nails soak nails in a solution of 1/2 cup of water and the juice of one lemon for up to 15 minutes, once a week.

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Long, beautiful natural nails take commitment and special care to grow and maintain.  Commit to a healthier diet, better habits and pick up some pretty nail polish for an at-home manicure.  With a little time, discipline and dedication, you can enjoy healthy, strong and shiny nails with little effort.

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P.S. Did you know: Nails grow faster in the summer than in the winter, nails on your dominant hand grow faster, and men’s nails grow more quickly than women’s, except when a woman is pregnant when nail growth speeds up.

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4 Responses to “Best Simple Tips For Beautiful Healthy Nails”

  1. dezzy1994 April 12, 2013 at 10:29 am #

    Reblogged this on vamplovers.

  2. Beauty Bolt April 12, 2013 at 11:07 am #

    Can you prevent hang nails?

    • Lips, Hips and Fashion Tips! April 12, 2013 at 9:32 pm #

      GREAT question! Here are some tips:
      1. Juice them up. Keep your nail beds moisturized. Use cuticle oil or cream to keep the skin around the nails supple. Dry nails are the first things that lead to hangnails.
      2. Don’t pick at your cuticles! It’s a habit that most women have–even more so than nail biting–and makes the little boogers pop up.
      3. Nick them while their short. Instead of picking at your cuticles, snip them off as soon as you see them with a good pair of nail scissors. This keeps them from growing longer and becoming more painful.
      4. Use your resources. A really good moisturizer for your cuticles is petroleum jelly. The fats in the product penetrate through the layers in your skin while the jelly itself creates a film preventing air from drying out the skin.
      5. Nighty-night. The best time to pamper cuticles is at nighttime. Massaging a little bit of lip-balm into your nail beds will keep them moisturized and protected throughout the night.
      6. Healing power. A natural element to heal hangnails quickly is by tapping into nutrients. Dropping vitamin E oil on nail beds after a fresh clip is one of the best ways to prevent hangnails from appearing.
      7. Watch the solution! Avoid acetone-based nail polish remover because it dries out hands and nails, making hangnails highly susceptible.
      8. Push it. Make sure you have your cuticles pushed back often with an orange stick or cuticle tool.
      9. Keep ‘em groomed. Trim your nails regularly so they appear and stay neat at all sides and angles. Do this by treating yourself to regular manicures.
      10. Kick a bad habit. Try your hardest to fight the urge to chew or bite on nails. Doing so aggravates the nail bed and causes hangnails to bleed.
      So really it boils down to keeping your skin soft and well moisturized!
      Have a great weekend!

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