Nails

20 July 2013 – Treating cracked nails

[According to ‘Discovery Health’, directly copy-pasted]

  • Trim: Limit the damage by trimming back your nails. Make them short and round the sides with a file. Nails don’t grow very fast — no more than.12 inches (3 millimeters) each month — so don’t risk snagging them. The regrowth period for an entire nail can last three to six months.
  • Moisturize: Dry nails lead to cracked nails. Apply a little moisturizer to your cuticles and nails each night to keep them supple but strong. A good moisturizer includes protein like keratin and collagen; occlusives such as petrolatum, mineral oil or lanolin; and humectants like urea or lactic acid.
  • Avoid chemicals: Cleaning products or even some dishwashing liquids can make your nails dry and brittle. You can’t leave your home and dishes dirty, but you can experiment with less harsh products and limit your exposure.
  • Consider gloves: If you’re often exposed to chemicals or if your hands are regularly wet, a pair of plastic or latex gloves can be a big help. Some people find plastic gloves uncomfortable, however. In that case, consider buying rubber gloves with a cotton lining.
  • Limit remover: Using nail polish remover more than every two weeks can cause brittle nails. If you can’t cut back on the nail polish remover, at least buy those that don’t contain acetone.

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18 July 2013 –Taking care of nail cuticles

[According to ‘Schoonheid met natuurlijke cosmetica’]

Don’ts

  • Do not use metal nail-files/scissors as this is the most effective way to ruin your nails.
  • Do not cut the cuticle off and do not push it down with a filer.
  • Try to avoid buying cuticle scissors as these are very harmful to the nail and can harden the skin of the cuticle, unless you are skilled in manicures.

Do’s

  • Massage the cuticle with a special creme (specifically for nail cuticles) and use a cuticle pusher to push it back. On the right is an image of a wooden cuticle pusher.
  • An easy method ? Push your cuticles softly to the back with the towel when drying your hands!
  • Increase growth of nail ? Massage the cuticle and the area under this in order to feed the nail its healthy nutrients.

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18 July 2013 – The basics about nails

[According to ‘Schoonheid met natuurlijke cosmetica’]

How long does it take for a nail to grow?

  • A nail takes approximately 9 months to fully grow.

What nails need to grow?

  • A lot of protein (such as fruits, vegetables, fish, eggs, meat, etc.)
  • Vitamin B (which can be found in  bread, yeast, oatmeal, etc.)

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17 July 2013 – Do’s and Don’ts of fingernail care

[According to ‘Mayoclinic’]

Do:

  • Keep your fingernails dry and clean. This prevents bacteria, fungi and other organisms from growing under your fingernails. Wear cotton-lined rubber gloves when washing dishes, cleaning or using harsh chemicals, and avoid long soaks in the tub.
  • Trim and file your fingernails regularly. Use a sharp manicure scissors or clippers. Trim your nails straight across, then round the tips in a gentle curve. It might be easiest to trim and file your fingernails when they’re soft, such as after bathing.
  • Use moisturizer. When you use hand lotion, rub the lotion into your fingernails and cuticles, too.

Don’t:

  • Abuse your fingernails. To prevent nail damage, don’t use your fingernails as tools to pick, poke or pry things.
  • Bite your fingernails or pick at your cuticles. These habits can damage the nail bed. Even a minor cut alongside your fingernail can allow bacteria or fungi to enter and cause an infection.
  • Pull off hangnails. You might rip live tissue along with the hangnail. Instead, carefully clip off hangnails.
  • Ignore problems. If you have a nail problem that doesn’t seem to go away on its own or is associated with other signs and symptoms, consult your doctor or dermatologist for an evaluation.

 

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