How often do you think about having healthy nails? Probably less than you should. We all love having an awesome manicure, but the truth is that great looking nails are healthy nails! So, how do you keep your nails in tip-top shape? Here are 7 things you can do to have better, stronger nails.
Keep your Hands Clean
It all starts with your hands. The skin around your nails should be well exfoliated and free of dirt. This ensures that your nails aren’t taking on any extra dirt, oil or products. These substances can dry out nails and make them brittle. Wash your hands often and avoid soaps with any harsh or drying chemicals.
Be Gentle on your Nails
Your nails are delicate! If you scrub your nails too much, you can damage the nail itself or even cause infection. Remember not to dig or use too many tools under the nail. Separating the nail from the skin can lead to serious problems. Use something that won’t be too rough on skin or nails, like a nail brush or a clean toothbrush.
You moisturize your face and body, so you should moisturize your nails too. The good news is that you don’t need any complicated or pricey products. A good oil like and argan oil or jojoba oil can do the trick. If you don’t have those on hand, any lightweight moisturizer will work. You want to keep your cuticles from getting dry.
Not trimming your nails enough can lead to breakage, hangnails and other uncomfortable issues. Make time to trim your nails every couple of weeks. See how your nails respond to the trim, and adjust the frequency as you see fit.
Say Goodbye to Toxic Polish!
Nail polish is fun to use and looks beautiful on the nails. However, toxic polishes that are filled with chemicals will do more harm than good. They not only damage the nails, leaving them discolored and weak, they can also damage your body! If you want healthy nails, find nail polishes free of toxic chemicals. 786 Cosmetics has an entire line of non-toxic, gentle polishes. They come in a variety of colors and are also cruelty-free!
Base and Top Coat
No matter what kind of polish you wear, it is important to use a top and a base coat on your nails. The base coat will make your nails stronger and keep a layer of separation between your nail and colored polishes. The base coat protects your nails from breaking. (Bonus: It also keeps your manicure from chipping)!
Take Care of Your Tools
When is the last time you cleaned your nail clippers? You should be cleaning any tools you use on your nails as often as anything you use on your skin. These tools can be a breeding ground for bacteria and cause infection. Use soap or rubbing alcohol for a deep clean. Also, don’t forget to replace your nail files as they wear down.
It’s that easy! These simple tips will help you get gorgeous healthy nails that lend themselves to any manicure. Ready to treat yourself to some awesome nail polish that’s good for you, too? You can shop our selection at 786 Cosmetics by clicking here.