Living a healthy lifestyle is not only about taking care of the inside but also about the outside. Your outward appearance gives an impression of how healthy you are.

beautiful healthy finger nails

To begin, fingernails are uniform in color, smooth, and grow from the area at the base of the nail under your cuticle.

But when you start seeing some changes like, discoloration of the entire nail, curled nails, Separation of the nail from the surrounding skin, Bleeding around the nails and pain around the nails then you need to see a doctor as fast as possible.

Below are some tips on what to do and what not to do so that your nails can stay healthy;

What to do;
  • Practice nail hygiene. That is, trim your nails straight across, around the tips in a gentle curve. You can do this with, simple sharp manicure scissors or clippers
  • Prevent bacteria’s from growing under your fingernails. In order to achieve this, always keep your fingernails dry and clean.
  • Avoid being in contact with water all the time because, prolonged water contact can contribute to split/breaking fingernails. But in a case where you cannot stay away from water, put on cotton-lined rubber gloves
  • Avoid using harsh chemicals on your nails, they will destroy them.
  • Apply nail hardener on your nails it will help strengthen them.
  • Minimize Manicures by keeping manicures simple to preserve healthy nails
What not to do
  • Do not brutally pull off hanging nails because you can rip live tissue along with the hangnail.
  • Do not use harsh nail care products on your nails. Limit your use of nail polish removers and if you must use it, go in for an acetone-free formula.
  • Do not ignore any negative changes. If your nails are having issues that you can’t treat then rush and see a doctor.
  • Do not bite your fingernails because it can damage the nail bed and allow bacteria to come in and cause infections.

With these few tips, you can easily and naturally have strong and healthy nails.