Each one of us may have different types of nails, some are brittle, more prone to breaking, some are discoloured and some have patches on them. The colour and texture of your nails can mean you have an underlying health issue in the liver, lungs, or heart.
Take a closer look at your fingernails and here are a few tips you can follow to strengthen your nails:
1. Take a biotin supplement
Biotin is a useful B vitamin. It is not stored by the body and must be consumed daily. Biotin can help strengthen nails. It is found in foods like sardines, cooked eggs, and legumes. You must consult a doctor before taking a biotin supplement to ensure that it’s safe for you.
2. Minimize exposure to water
Your fingernails can get wet or dry due to excess use of water. This may happen if you perform activities like cleaning dishes or washing. It is best to wear gloves when performing these activities and prevent your nails from becoming weak and brittle.
3. Stay hydrated
Drinking enough water is the key to good health. It keeps your skin, hair and nails healthy. Without adequate moisture, your nails may break and peel easily.
4. Pay attention to your diet
Make sure you are eating a healthy and balanced diet. Intake of vitamins and minerals are important for your entire body, including your nails.
5. Be careful about the products you use
Many nail polishes or products that contain harsh chemicals can weaken your nails. Nail polish remover that contains acetone can damage your nails and must be avoided. Look for nontoxic products and limit the use of nail paints. You must also avoid using gel or acrylic nails. This can cause your nails to peel, the exposure to the ultraviolet lights is also harmful.
6. Keep your nails short
Long nails are more likely to break. You must regularly cut and shorten your nails. This prevents them from getting chipped, cracked, or split, helping to keep them strong.
7. Use lotion and oils on your nails
Use a hand cream regularly to moisturize your nails. You can do this every time you wash your hands. You can use olive oil, tea tree oil, rosemary oil to moisturize and protect your nails.
8. Change the way you file your nails
If you are filing your nails in a back-and-forth motion, you are doing it wrong. This will actually weaken your nails. Always file your nails in one direction and be extra careful on the edges of the nails.
Since we are all using hand sanitizers, our hands and nails get really dry. You must try not to overdo it. Constantly applying hand sanitizer can be disastrous for the nails. Talk to your doctor if you have tried multiple things and nothing worked for you. A dermatologist can guide you best and suggest changes to your routine. Pay attention to your nails, do not bite or pick your fingernails and remember they are an important part of your body.