Happiness is... freshly painted nails!

Well, who doesn’t love a good manicure? While we all want our nails to make a drop-dead gorgeous statement, we often forget to care for them. Although the acrylics and gels earn us a zillion compliments, they also have the power to bring your nail health down. Yes, you read that right! While acrylic nails can make your nails weak, brittle and flaky; constant use of gel polishes can turn your nails yellow.

Precisely why, it’s important to care for your nails as much as you do for your skin and hair. To help your nails grow longer, stronger and healthier, here are all the tricks that you need to master...

Hydrate your cuticles
 

Hydrate your cuticles

Healthy cuticles equal healthy nails. So trimming or picking your cuticles is a strict no-no! Your cuticles act as a protective shield that prevents bacteria from infecting your nails. If ragged cuticles are annoying you, gently push them back with an orange stick (also known as cuticle pusher). Or fix dry, cracked nails by applying cuticle oil that’ll improve the health and appearance of your nails and cuticles.

Get your hands on a soft nail file
 

Get your hands on a soft nail file

Nail file plays a crucial role in maintaining the shape as well as health of your nails. Hard nail files can cause tearing or splitting of nails. Therefore, it’s best to switch to soft nail files to get the best finish from your filing. When filing your nails, always remember to start from the outer edge and then move to the center. Doing so will give you a smoother finish.

Use acetone-free nail polish removers
 

Use acetone-free nail polish removers

Looking at chipped nails can be frustrating, we agree! However, it does not mean you pick any old bottle of nail polish remover in order to get rid of your polish. High concentrations of acetone will only dry out your fragile nails. Therefore, it’s best to choose gentle yet effective formulas to remove your nail polish.

Moisturise your nails
 

Moisturise your nails

Just the way you religiously moisturise your skin every night, similarly, it’s important to moisturise your nails as well. Dry hands can deteriorate the health and strength of your nails. Therefore, we suggest you get your hands on the Vaseline Pure Skin Jelly as this greasy product will help seal in the moisture and improve the condition of your nails.

Common salt prevents nails from breaking
 

Common salt prevents nails from breaking

Apart from a diet rich in vitamins and minerals, there are home-remedies that can help grow your nails longer and stronger. One such ingredient is salt. Salt not only strengthens the nails but also prevents them from breaking. All you need to do is mix 2-3 tablespoon of salt in a bowl of warm water and add a few drops of olive oil. Soak your fingers in the mixture for about 15 minutes. You’ll be left with stronger and moisturised nails and cuticles.

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