What Your Nails Say About Your Health?

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Everyone’s dream is to have strong and healthy fingernails, however, deem it as a hard task to keep them that way. Your fingernails may have dents, ridges and areas of unusual colour or shape, which can be avoided with proper care. This can in turn be a few simple habits, which could consequently help your nails greatly. 

Your fingernails are made up of laminated layers of protein called keratin, which grow at the end of your nail and under the cuticle. Healthy fingernails will be smooth, and without grooves or pits. They are the same colour and don’t have any spots or discoloration. 

Here are some things to implement and not, when looking after your nails

What to implement 

  1. Have good nail hygiene by trimming your nails regularly, which helps to avoid them from breaking or snagging. You should use manicure scissors or clippers and a fine file to smooth out the ends.
  2. Apply a protective layer to your nails such a nail hardener, which could possibly help them become stronger. 
  3. Keep your fingernails dry and clean – preventing bacteria from growing underneath your nails. This could also be from having prolonged contact with water, recommending wearing gloves when washing dishes, cleaning, or using harsh chemicals.
  4. Eating Biotin. Weak or brittle nails could be impacted greatly with supplemented Biotin (Vitamin B). 
  5. Using Moisturizer – This can help if when applying hand lotion, you put some over your nails and cuticles.

What not to implement or break as habits.

  1. DO NOT bite your nails or pick at the cuticles – as obvious as this is it is still frequent and harmful to your nail’s health as even small cuts can still allow bacteria to enter. 
  2. Do not use harsh nail products – This could be as simple a limiting your use of nail polish remove or if doing so, use an acetone-free remover.
  3. Do not pull off hangnails – This is very harsh to your nails as well as your finger s as you may pull off live tissues with it.

Do not ignore any problem you may experience with your nails – You should always consult your doctor or dermatologist if there are any problems with your nails.

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