Many people generally do not pay enough attention to their nails unless a party is coming and they want to coat them with some shiny polish. However, mother nature gives nails to humans for a reason. Nail cuticles act like a barrier to protect your fingers. They are a part of your body, just as a leg or an arm. Therefore, they require love and care as well. Here are 6 ways to give your cuticles the attention they need.
Put away your nail clippers
Your cuticles are supposed to be soft. Cutting them will only make them hard and more likely to break or split off. Most people will freak out at the idea of not cutting their nails since they believe the nails will continue to grow nonstop. Whether you cut your nails or not has nothing to do with their growing pace.
Protect your cuticles from drying agents
Cleaning agents in dish washing products and nail polish removers can dry out your nails. It is advisable to wear gloves while you do household chores and replace your old polish remover with an acetone-free one.
Stop biting your nails
Biting or nibbling is the worst thing you can do to your nails. The enzyme in your saliva breaks down skin cells, violating your cuticles which results in an infection. If you have a similar habit, it is time to give it up for healthier cuticles.
Keep your hands out of your mouth
Your mouth is a dirty area, and saliva is an enzyme that breaks down skin. You can get an infection if you violate the cuticle.
So if you have a habit of biting your nails or nibbling on your cuticles, work on kicking those habits for prettier, healthier hands.
Even though it does not feel like it, your nails are actually a part of your skin. They need moisture, too. Any moisturizer that works well on your body will do the trick. If your cuticles are too flaky, you can use thick ointments or vaseline jelly for the extra moisture.
Healthy nails are the most beautiful. If your nails are weak and sick, putting on extensive nail work only worsens the condition. Try to follow these tips to get the best nails you can possibly have. Someday you will realize you do not even need to go to nail salons that often.
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