14 November 2011

Guest Post: How to Grow Healthy Nails

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Most women love having long nails but all women love having healthy nails because they are stronger and look better. If you have dry, chipped and unhealthy nails here are some tips on how you can grow healthy nails that you’ll love.

File Away- Once or twice a week take a few minutes to file your nails. This will help to smooth out and cracks in your nails so that they don’t get bigger and eventually break.

Moisturize Daily- You remember to moisturize your hands but do you remember to moisturize your nails? It’s important to massage lotion on your nail beds every day so that won’t be dry and brittle.

Polish Lightly- Applying thick coats of nail polish is a waste of nail polish, will take a long time to dry and will cause your beautiful manicure to chip more quickly. Instead apply four thin coats composing of a base coat, two coats of color and a top coat. Your manicure will last longer and look better.

Wear Gloves- Whether you’re doing the dishes or cleaning the house always make sure to wear gloves so that the harsh chemicals found in most cleaning products don’t weaken your nails.

Eat Right- What does a healthy diet have to do with your nails? Everything! Just like every other part of your body the growth and health of your nails is highly dependent on the vitamins and minerals that you put into your system. You won’t get much nutrition from a double cheeseburger with fries and a soda so trade it in for roasted chicken with steamed veggies.

Your Nails Are Not Tools- We’ve all done it from time to time but that doesn’t mean that it’s right. When we treat our nails as if they’re tools we put a lot of pressure on them causing them to bend, chip and inevitably to break. So rather than using your nails to dial on your cell phone use a pen. Use a knife or scissor to peel off stickers and prices from packages. If you need a knot use anything besides your nails.

Don’t Cut Your Cuticles- Although you may not like them your cuticles play a very important role- they keep your nails in place and free of fungus. If you don’t like them and feel that they make your manicure ugly then all you have to do is push them back. This way they will be out of your way and doing the job that they were designed to do.

Stop Biting- A lot of women bite their nails whether out of habit or to calm their nerves. However this is a habit that should be stopped immediately because you can accidentally tear off living tissue and cause damage to your nails. Not to mentions, it is very much possible to have dirt under your nails from doing everyday things and this dirt will end up in your mouth.

Coffee Overdose- Did you know that coffee eats away at the calcium in your body? It’s horrible for your nails and is even worse for your bones. This is especially true as you get older and your bones naturally get waekerso be sure to curb the amount of coffee that you drink and take some vitamins instead.

Many women find that getting a professional weekly manicure makes them take greater care of their nails. After all why would you bite your nails or use them to scratch at stickers after you’ve just paid someone to make them look beautiful?

This post was written by Aleya who is the owner of Spontaneous chick which is a blog about beauty tips for women

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