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Nail Care Tips: How to maintain healthy, beautiful nails?

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I am sure many of us do this - Drumming nails on the desk, scratching lottery tickets, hiding hands in your pockets or behind your back because you're ashamed of showing half-bitten, yellow nails to the world? Let's nail it! offers tips and tricks on how to maintain and care your nails and take a look at everything it takes to have the hottest and the healthiest nails.

So here we go then, on this magical exploration of the world of nails!

Nails? What are those?

Nails are basically dead cells that get hardened by the protein keratin and grow as the dead cells get pushed to the surface with the formation of new cells.

What are the problems that need to be 'nailed'?

The most common nail problem is nail biting. We do it when we're bored, hungry or just plain anxious. Other problems include hangnails (tearing skin around the nail bed, white spots on the nails, brittle and dry nails that split and break easily, ingrown nails that cut into the nail bed and lastly fungus nails.) These are some of the nail-related diseases that leads to inflammation of the nail bed. More-or-less a common cause is bad diet and poor nail care.

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Nails and hair are directly related to nutrition and are the first indicators of a bad diet. Most of us are unaware of the importance of Vitamin B7 (Biotin) in having healthy nails. Brown bread, brown rice and soyabeans are an important source of Biotin.

In addition, you should also add a healthy dose of proteins to your diet in the form of sprouts, eggs and meat. Also ensure you get enough calcium and zinc through some of these nail friendly foods - salmon, onions, apples, grapes, cucumber and liver.

Besides your diet, there are certain things you should keep in mind in order to have strong and good-looking nails:

  • Overuse of nail polish and over washing your hands damage the nails more than you think.
  • Treat yourself to a manicure once in two weeks for healthy nails.
  • Removing nail polish regularly is also important. Clean your nails once a week and allow them time to recover from the chemicals.

  • Always use an acetone-free polish remover, as acetone strips the nails of natural oils, leaving them looking dull and dry.

  • Improper filing is the biggest enemy of nails! If you're inclined to use a vicious back-and-forth motion to file your nails, stop right now. Such filing dries out nails and can cause peeling or cracking of your talons.

  • Instead, move the emery board/filer at a 45-degree angle from the side to the centre of your nail. Rounded nails or squared corners are less likely to split.

  • In order to help your nails grow, gently push back your cuticle with your fingertips or an orange stick wrapped with cotton.

  • Try buffing your nails as an alternative to polishing. It stimulaes circulation, leaves a glossy shine on your nails and lets the natural pink colour of your nails show through.

  • If you have brittle nails, try rubbing warm olive oil into them for 5 minutes everyday or use a hand lotion instead.

  • French manicure is always in. Always. Nail art is quite passe, but if you must indulge, exercise some subtlety!

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