6 simple tips to follow for healthy nails

Pearl Academy, September 03, 2021

By Priyanka Nazareth

The nail art trend has really exploded in recent years and has caused a sensation everywhere. From pretty acrylics to tactile nail finishes to long sword nails, everyone who loves it has tried it at some point or another. If you’re DIY-make simple styles at home or get long claws at the salon. However, if you often like to get a good manicure, chances are that through the constant process your nail bed will weaken. Especially if proper nail care is not followed. It is also important to pay attention to the health of the nails. Brittle or textured nail beds and nails that break easily are signs that your nails need a break and a little extra caring. Here are some simple tips to take better care of your nails and keep them in optimal health.

1. Hydrate those fingers

Like your skin, the nail bed must also be hydrated. Therefore, when applying lotion, take a little more time to moisturize your nails and hands. You can use petroleum jelly, essential oils, or your good hand cream. The bottom line is to make sure your nails are always hydrated. The best time to do this process is at night because there will be no transfer of the oils to the things you touch and the nail bed will absorb everything.

Source: Shutterstock

Source: Shutterstock

2. Take care of your cuticles

Moving with the cuticles and pulling them, especially in the opposite direction of their growth, is a bad idea. Abort the mission! Instead, soak your nails in warm soapy water to keep your cuticle smooth and nails clean. Do this every other day for a few minutes and finish by applying cuticle oil to help nourish them.

Beautiful hands and nails.  Home Manicure Treatments, Robert Przybysz's Beautiful Hands and Nails Hand Spa |  (Source: www.shutterstock.com)

Beautiful hands and nails. Home Manicure Treatments, Robert Przybysz’s Beautiful Hands Hand Spa | (Source: www.shutterstock.com)

3. Proper disposal is key

Gel polishes and acrylic nails are everywhere and are used more often than regular polishes and for good reason. While they are pretty with a great finish, they also last a lot longer so we caught the appeal. However, they can damage the original nail bed if the proper extraction process is not followed. If the nail breaks or the nail polish chips do not, we repeat, do not peel or remove it yourself. This will only end up peeling layers off the nail, ouch! So let them be and head over to their salon and let the professionals take care of it! If you are in the middle of an emergency, call your manicurist and ask for advice on how you can handle it at home.

Brush on acrylic nails at Korvik's salon |  (Source: www.shutterstock.com)

Brush on acrylic nails at Korvik’s salon | (Source: www.shutterstock.com)

4. Don’t polish too much

Filing and polishing your nails isn’t horrible, but it’s good, but balance is essential. Do not polish the nails too much, as they can remove the essential protective surface layer of the nail. This makes them thinner and weaker. In addition, excess polishing causes a lot of friction and ends up heating the nail pad. So keep polishing under control and do it only once or twice a month. Invest in a good quality buffer, but use it sparingly.

Woman polishing her nails by Alena TS |  www.shutterstock.com

Woman polishing her nails by Alena TS | www.shutterstock.com

5. Change your nail file

Metal nail files are prone to cracking and cutting the nail tips. This makes them break easily, so consider switching to a glass or glass file. This will greatly reduce the chances of causing small tears and cuts to your nails.

Woman with metal nail file by E_rik |  www.shutterstock.com

Woman with metal nail file by E_rik | www.shutterstock.com

6. Let them breathe

It can be difficult to leave your nails alone, but it is essential to let them breathe every now and then. Take a break from polishes and salon appointments and let your natural nails shine. You may want your nails to grow faster, but be patient and eat a healthy diet.. The focus should be on healthy and strong nail beds in the long term. Get your nails trimmed and try to keep them short to make sure they have a solid foundation to grow on and eventually catch up at their own pace. And once again it is worth repeating, do not forget to keep them moisturized and hydrated.

Woman hands with beautiful manicure isolated on white background by Africa Studio |  www.shutterstock.com

Woman hands with beautiful manicure isolated on a white background in Africa Studio | www.shutterstock.com

Do you follow any specific steps for a healthy nail care routine? Let us know in the comments!

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