Your fingernails are the basic canvas for nail polish. Keeping your nails healthy is the key to sustainable natural nails. Healthy natural nails will in turn support nail polish and manicures. Here are 8 do’s and don’ts in nail care that will help you achieve healthy, natural nails.
DO keep hands dry and clean.
Water can weaken nails and increase the risk of bacteria growth. Consider wearing gloves when washing dishes and cleaning. Harsh chemicals are hard on both your hands and your nails. Gloves may help prevent your nails from cracking and splitting.
DO moisturize your cuticles.
Cuticles help protect your nail bed from fungi and bacteria. Applying cuticle oil keeps cuticles healthy and clean, resulting in a healthy nail bed.
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DO apply a nail hardener.
You can also try other nail strengtheners to help weak and brittle nails. Stronger nails mean healthier nails that are less prone to damage.
DO let your nails rest.
Nail polishes are fun to experiment with and apply. However, it is best to let your nails breathe in between applications. Strong colors can sometimes result in drying out your nail or coloring your natural nail yellow.
DON’T bite your fingernails.
Your fingernails also protect the nail bed. Biting them damages the fingernail, leading to cracking and brittleness. Weak or cracked nails risk allowing fungi or bacteria to get into the nail bed.
DON’T pick at the cuticle.
Like fingernails, cuticles are the final line of defense between your nail bed and bacteria in the outside world. If you need to push your cuticles back, be careful not to push them too far back. If the cuticles are damaged, the nail bed is less protected from outside germs.
DON’T use harsh nail chemicals.
For instance, opt for acetone-free remover or polishes without toxic chemicals like dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde, and toluene. Currently, there are many non-toxic and vegan-friendly brands like DEMIblue that focus on providing clean nail polish and nail products to consumers. Buying from these brands supports both the clean beauty initiative and your nail health.
DON’T ignore concerning signs of nail health problems.
For example, a fungal infection may show up as a white spot on the surface of your nail. This type of infection can eventually crack your nail. Infection of the nail bed usually entails red, inflamed skin around the nail. If you spot something concerning on your nails, consult a healthcare professional.