5 simple and easy ways to keep your nails healthy

Worried about brittle or discoloured nails? Follow these simple steps at home to keep your nails moisturised and nourished.
5 simple and easy ways to keep your nails healthy5 simple and easy ways to keep your nails healthy
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First impressions last for a long time. Take a second glance at your nails—are they clean, strong and healthy? If you see ridges, dents and discoloured edges, you may be in trouble. Proper care of nails is not only necessary for health and hygiene but to stay away from undesirable diseases as well.

Like the skin, eyes and hair, nails also need proper nourishment. Keeping them dry and spotless can prevent bacteria from growing. Frequent contact with water can lead to split fingernails. Here are five simple and inexpensive ways to maintain your nails at home.

Trim nails regularly

Unlike popular belief, long nails can be quite unhealthy for the body. It can also become a breeding ground for bacteria and dirt. Be careful while trimming your nails. Don’t go too far into the cuticles or you’ll damage them.

Moisturise your cuticles

Moisturise your nails regularly with essential oil or body lotion. A mixture of almond and avocado oil are the best options. A lip balm can also work magic to nourish your nails. You may also rub a small amount of petroleum jelly or castor oil into your cuticles.

Wear dish gloves

Make sure you protect your nails while washing dishes or cooking. Wear dish gloves so that your nails do not dry out unnecessarily while immersing your hand in warm water for prolonged time periods.

Apply nail polish

It is believed that nail polish can harm your nails but a moderate amount of application and removal of polish can transform your nails and help keep them stronger. The protective layer of varnish helps safeguard nails from dirt and filth.

Clean with a nail brush

As important as it is to keep your nails trimmed, it is also essential to clean your nails regularly. Make sure you keep a small nail brush to remove the mud and grime that accumulates beneath your cuticles.

Neglecting your nails is easy but just a few basic steps can help keep them healthy. If you see any sign of infection, consult a dermatologist immediately. 

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