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Healthier Nails In 4 Steps

Thursday, 09 June 2011 | by Yen Wong

Underneath the fancy artwork of manicure, the health of your nails is the fundamental. We share the 4 essential steps to achieve healthier nails.

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Our nails are made up of tough protein called keratin. This substance is also the building block of hair. On average, they grow at an average rate of 3mm every month and fingernails require three to six months to regrow completely. The growth rate is directly linked to our age, gender, health, diet ,season and exercise level. Like our skin, they can dry out or infected. Bacterial infection caused by dirty footwear or unclean environment is one of the common problem our nail faces. Many people also use nail as an indication of health condition. Bluish or purple fingernail beds may be a symptom of peripheral cyanosis, which indicates oxygen deprivation.

If we were to spend time taking care of our tresses, nail should not be ignored. Proper care should be administered to ensure our nails are in optimum condition.

Nutrition For Nails

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Vitamin A, B and D are crucial for healthy nails. The lack of these nutrients could lead to dryness and brittleness. You can find these vitamins in milk, cereal, juices and fishes. By combining a balanced diet and supplements can ensure your nails and hair get the best out of them. Apart from food, supplement could fill up the gaps in your diet. Imedeen Hair & Nail supplement($48 or two month supply) contains silica and biotin. The former is a key component of healthy hair and nails that is derived from horsetail and bamboo extract. It is necessary for the rebuilding of all connective tissue. The latter is responsible for the formation and integrity of human tissues, which include hair and nails.

Care For Cuticles

Cuticles must never be cut. Soak the nails in warm water and apply hand cream. Concentrate around the cuticle area by applying a thicker coat. Alternatively, you can apply castor oil on the cuticles to soften them. This allows you to push back the cuticles easily with a cotton bud. Do not use a nail file to do so.

Avoid Yellow And Brittle Nails

UV rays can cause harms to your nails. Apply clear nail polish as a top coat. This acts as a shield against the external aggressors. Apart from sunlight, wearing nail polish too often could lead to yellow and brittle nails as well. Let your nails rest sometimes. Leave then unpolished and nourish them with hand cream and cuticle oil. If you have yellowish nails due to frequent nail polishing, try rubbing them with a slice of lemon. To strengthen nails, soak them in warm olive oil once every week. Avoid using nail polish remover too often as they dry up the nails.

Cut Nails The Right Way

Cutting your nails straight across makes them stronger when compared to shaping them rounded. The latter is susceptible to breakage, especially those with longer nails.

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