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How to Care for Your Fingernails?
The easiest route to healthy nails is through a well-planned regimen of diet and grooming. Eat the correct foods and protect your hands from environmental stress for strong nails.
- Incorporate the recommended daily allowance of vitamin B, calcium and protein into your diet.
- Take a daily multivitamin to ensure that you are getting the proper amounts of other vitamins. (Image 1)
- Wear rubber gloves whenever you use cleaning products, wash dishes or work in your garden to protect your nails from chemicals and dirt.
- Moisturize nail beds regularly with a nondrying nail lotion. Rub the lotion over the entire nail bed at least once a day. (Image 2)
- Trim cuticles once each week. Soften cuticles with a specialized cuticle cream, then trim carefully with a cuticle clipper. (Image 3)
- Clip your nails regularly in a rounded or squared shape. The pointier the tip of your fingernail, the more likely it is to break off. (Image 4)
- Give your nails a break from polish as often as possible. The more time your nails spend in the nude, the less they will dry and chip.
Avoid biting your nails. Biting is a surefire way to create unhealthy and unsightly nails.
If you develop ridges along the base of your nail bed, increase your intake of vitamin B.
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False nails equal disaster
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Kristal Bois, October 19, 2006
Do not get false nails. They are only a temporary solution to the problem and it will actually take much longer for your nails to strengthen and grow once they're off than if you had never gotten them in the first place.
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