With all the events of the festive, and that of the Valentine season fast approaching, now is the perfect time to give your natural nails a break from acrylic powder, glues, and everything an artificial nail requires. While you’re doing that, here are some tips on how to maintain a healthy natural nail:
Tips on how to maintain a healthy natural nail
Keep fingernails dry and clean: This prevents bacteria from growing under your fingernails. Repeated or prolonged contact with water can contribute to split fingernails. Wear cotton-lined rubber gloves when washing dishes, cleaning or using harsh chemicals.
Practice good nail hygiene: Trim and buff your nails regularly, making sure the edges are round and soft. Carefully clip hangnails using a sharp manicure scissors or clippers, to avoid ripping the live tissue as well. Make sure they are not rusted or dirty. Trim your nails straight across, then round the tips in a gentle curve.
Use moisturizer: When you use hand lotion, rub the lotion into your fingernails and cuticles, too. This helps to slough away dry skin.
Apply a protective layer. Applying a nail hardener might help strengthen the nail.
Avoid Biting 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.
Do not use harsh nail care products. Limit your use of nail polish remover. When using nail polish remover, opt for an acetone-free formula and wash your hands properly after you’re done.
Now, taking care of your natural nails doesn’t mean your hands should look less pretty, who says natural nails need to be boring, bare or plain? Yes, you can totally look glamorous with your natural nails, all you need is some trimming, a good manicure and the right nail treatment.
Natural nail treatments are those done on the plain nails, without an artificial nail placed on top. Keep scrolling for some amazing designs you might love.