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How Should I Take Care of My Fingernails?

Exposing the nails to polish remover regularly can weaken them.
A simple manicure and pedicure are good ways to take care of your fingernails.
Eating carrots may help promote healthy fingernails.
A manicure brush can be used to keep the area around and under the fingernails clean.
A small amount of bleach mixed with water can help remove stains from nails.
Using hand cream regularly helps to strengthen the fingernails.
Wash hands regularly with soap to clean under the nails.
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Caring for fingernails requires more than just clipping and painting. Regular care, also known as manicuring, will help keep them in good condition, but this need not be done by a professional. Basic care of the fingernails can be done each week at home, to keep nails healthy and strong.

Rather than waiting until they are long and in need of shortening, set aside one day each week to file your nails down a bit. Most people own a set of clippers, but clipping is not good for them. Soft, pliable emery boards are best for shortening and shaping the nails. Metal files and clippers are damaging and harsh. Never bite your fingernails; it is unsanitary and it will likely cause hang nails.

Many professional manicurists claim that polish protects fingernails, while others believe it causes them to peel, crack and break. If you choose to polish your nails, use a clear base coat as well as a clear top coat or sealer. If your fingernails are inclined to peel or if you pick at them, leave the polish off. Use nail polish remover as seldom as possible, as it dries out the nails and causes them to split.

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Washing and moisturizing hands are some of the most important treatments for fingernails. Wash hands regularly with soap and clean under the nails each time you wash. Use a manicure stick or small nail brush, if necessary. For stains, use a small amount of bleach mixed with water and scrub gently. Use moisturizing lotion on your hands, fingers, nails, and cuticles often, and remember to always drink plenty of water.

The best care you can give your fingernails is to have a healthy body overall. Eat raw fruits and vegetables, and keep your diet rich in foods with silicon and calcium, such as carrots, milk and fish. Consider taking dietary supplements such as vitamin E and other oils to keep your fingernails strong and healthy. Regular aerobic exercise keeps the blood flowing freely to all parts of the body, giving the nails the nutrients they need.

Fingernails are an important part of the body, protecting the tips of the fingers and assisting us in picking up small objects. Keep them in good condition and they will serve you well.

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anon211030
Post 5

I like growing my nails, because they look cute at first but after a while they get dry and crack for no reason and my cuticles harden, but when I cut them they start looking healthy again. It is frustrating.

andee
Post 4

We live in the country and have horses that I spend a lot of time with. Because my lifestyle isn't the best for getting my nails done, I usually don't use anything at all.

The most important thing for me is to keep the nails trimmed and the cuticles soft. I use lotion and cuticle cream often to help with this. I will paint my nails for special occasions, but never leave it on for very long.

I can grow my nails quite long if I wanted to, but it is much easier to keep them short because I work with my hands so much. I know that fingernails and health can go together, and when I keep my nails natural, it makes it easy to see what kind of shape my nails are in.

SarahSon
Post 3

When I am painting my nails, I always make sure to use a base coat for some protection. This really helps keep my nails from turning yellow and also helps the polish stay on longer.

If I don't use a base coat and am using dark colors of nail polish, it doesn't take long for my finger nails to look yellow and ugly. I don't notice this as much if I use lighter colors, but still like to use a base coat before putting on the first layer of polish.

anon18716
Post 2

You should try karma organic nail polish and organic nail polish remover.

anon9734
Post 1

nail polish does dry my nails out and causes them to split and break. i use nailtiques #2 formula and their oil therapy and my nails are looking great!!

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