Damage Caused to Nails:
- We at times bite our nails or cuticles.
- When we wash clothes or dishes with harsh detergents it causes damage to both our nails and hands.
- At times we use our nails to pry off stubborn lids from tins and peel away a layer of nail or break a nail.
- We use our nails to remove dirt or wax or gum from surfaces.
- Use an emery board rather than a file to shape nails, file along the same direction.
- Moisturize the nails along with the hands with a good moisturizing lotion as the Vitamin E and collagen is good for nails.
- Try not to use a nail polish remover very often as the chemicals and alcohol can make the nails brittle.
- Use a pair of gloves while gardening, or handling harsh detergents and cleaning agents.
- Always trim the toe nails in a straight line as cutting them in deep curves can result in split nails in the corners and ingrown nails and at times infected toes.
- For pretty nails we can dip the nails and toes in warm olive oil for 15-20 minutes 3 -4 times a week. The nails take on a healthy hue and are less brittle.
- Dipping the nails in a cup of warm water to which a spoonful of fresh lemon juice is added, brightens the nails and removes stains. A cotton ball dipped in lemon juice can be scrubbed on the nails and then gently washed with warm water.
- For strong and pretty nails, dip them in warm mustard oil for 15-20 minutes; gently massage the nail area and fingers as this improves blood circulation.
Taking care of nails:
The skin at the base of the finger from where the nail grows out is the cuticle. Cuticles can dry out and start looking ragged and flaky.
A softener needs to be applied to this area of the nail. Then using an orange stick with a little cotton wool the cuticle is lightly shaped back. The dry skin is either carefully cut or massaged away.
Another method to do this is gently rubbing the cuticles with a soft towel soaked in warm soapy water, and the loosened white membrane is removed gently.
Very often the nails and toenails turn yellowish due to a fungal infection. The nails can turn brown and green too. Fungal infections affect the toenails more than finger nails.
Soak the feet or hands in a bowl with equal parts of water and apple cider. Dry feet thoroughly and apply some olive oil on the toes and cuticles. At times it may be months before a fungus infection really clears up.