by Aarti K. Singh
Who doesn’t like to flaunt neat hands with clean nails? However, nails often get neglected. Here are 3 essential nail care tips to keep in mind for healthy hands and a healthy you!
When a woman extends her hands out to be held, the delicacy of the nimble fingers and bewitching nails are the first personal impression she makes. It is therefore important to keep the tips of yourself in good condition.
Your hands and fingers will look good only if they are in good health. In fact, nails can portray the first symptoms of sickness. Do include plenty of fresh vegetables and fresh fruits for minerals such as calcium, phosphorus and zinc that are so essential for nail health. Eggs and fish are also good for beautiful nails. Take biotin supplements or Vitamin B to increase nail thickness and prevent splitting and breaking
Here are some more ideas to keep your talons tantalizing and trendy:
Hygiene and cleanliness is the first step towards good looking nails and hands. Make sure to scrub your hands once a week and moisturize well after that. Soak your hands for ten minutes every week in lukewarm water to which a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, 5 drops of chamomile oil and the juice of half a lemon have been added. This will cure stained nails. Do remember to apply cuticle softener after this. Don’t ever cut cuticles as they are the natural barrier to prevent fungal growth. Pushing can also damage them so if you must, use an orange stick not more than once a month. To make a lightening scrub that will help get rid of dark knuckles, make a paste with 1 teaspoon each of besan or gramflour, tomato juice, potato juice and a pinch of baking soda. Rub gently on your hands and let it stay for ten minutes. Wash off with tepid water.
Maintain hand and nail hygiene by opting for manicures regularly. Trim the nails and avoid using metal files for brittle nails. File your nails in one direction only. Moisturizing is key to strong nails. Avoid acetone-based nail polish removers as they dry the nail bed and make them prone to damage. To increase the strength of your hand cream or moisturizer, add five drops each of lavender and frankincense oils. In the winters, you can even make a heavy-duty moisturizing mix for your hands by mixing five drops each of castor oil, jojoba oil and glycerine. Apply on your hands and for best results, wear cotton gloves and sleep.
Once your digits are flaunt-worthy, you need to take care when highlighting them with nail polish as well. Always apply a base coat to prevent staining your nails and also to make the polish last longer. Never apply thick coats of the polish, instead wait for the first thin coat to dry completely before putting on another one. Thick coats stain nails, smudge easily and chip fast. Don’t heat dry your nail polish.
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