How to Treat the
happens to be very close to the fingernail, so if the nail accidentally
collides with any object, it can worsen, even to the point of infection.
You will have to treat the nail with care and do the necessary measures
to clean and disinfect the wound if you are looking forward to an early
recovery. Upon splitting your nail, you should wash it with any
antibacterial soap and water. Wipe the water off completely using a hand
towel. When your hands are completely dry, you can apply an ample amount
of anti-inflammatory ointment on the split nail.
Spread it across the nail to
minimize the risk of infection. Wrap it in a bandage to keep germs and
foreign objects from entering. You can repeat it every day
until the wound is completely cured. Remember for serious cases you
should consult a doctor. Sometimes the washing and anti- inflammatory
ointment alone wonít work. You need to watch out for blood beneath the
nail or pus coming out or if you have pain or numbness. In all these
cases, visit a doctor immediately.
How to Prevent
- Wear gloves while
handling sharp and heavy things.
- Try to keep your nails
- Apply nail polish that
is formulated to strengthen your nails. Try to reduce the use of nail
- Try using wooden items
instead of sharp metal ones as it can split your nail open if
accidentally collides with something.
- Wear gloves while
washing clothes or washing the dishes as harmful chemicals in
detergents can harm the nails by softening it. Even while using a
toilet bowl cleaner or acid you need to be cautious as all these can
cause nail erosion.
- Do not take your nails
for granted as a bottle cap opener.
- Use nail creams as
often to keep your nails and the area surrounding your cuticles moist.
using nail polish remover more than twice a month, as the alcohol in
the remover will erode the nail, causing nail to split.
you start taking good care of your fingers, the chances of having
split nails would dramatically reduce.
Care For Your Nails
amount of nail colors or hand massage will help, if you have grubby,
sooty nails! Before you get down to pampering your nails, get hold of
a brush, spray some soap on it and gently chafe your claws. Slather
your hands with a mild soap, generously rubbing the lather on your
wrists, in between your fingers and nails. Scrub the nails with a
toothbrush, in small circular movements, to get rid of accumulated
dirt inside them. Rinse them off with tepid water, for a squeaky fresh
feeling. Pat them dry.
clean, your hand is all set for some sumptuous indulgence. Grab your
favorite hand moisturizer. Even olive oil, yoghurt, olive oil, warm
milk and lemon juice will do fine. Squirt a little on your palms and
gently massage your hands, moving from palms to fingers and nails and
back to your palm. Massaging hydrates your skin and boosts blood
circulation. Result - glossy, healthy nails!
nails may look oh-so-hot, but if healthy nails are what you are
looking for, itís best advisable to keep the length moderate. Trim
your nails to desired length and file the ends in a single direction,
to prevent painful nail splits and brittle edges. Rub on some cuticle
cream or lip balm over the cuticles and once they are softened, use a
Q-tip to gently push the frayed cuticles behind.
brittle nails are a concern for you, treating them with extra virgin
olive oil may help. Soak your talons in olive oil for 10-15 minutes
every day, for around a month. This wonderful indulgence would get you
rid of damaged, week and peeling nails.
exposure to harsh water and powerful suds can cause your claws to fry,
spit and peel. Remember to put on gloves every time you head for the
kitchen sink or even gardening. Soil can also dry up your nails and
make them look grimy and parched.
art is huge fun. Just pick up your favorite shade of nail enamel, put
on your creative caps and get going! However, if you are staying
indoors, a clear gloss may be just fine. Overuse of strong nail
enamels often leads to discoloring of nail. Stick to lighter shades
for everyday wear. Nude shades are a huge rage. Go for them!
Drinking water not just keeps toxins at bay and your skin glowing, it
is known to boost your nail health as well. Water hydrates your nails,
keeping them glowing all the way. Donít forget to gorge on biotin-rich
foods, like livers, eggs, whole grains and avocados, for great looking
away from nail polish removers that contain acetone. Acetone is
seriously damaging to your nails. Also avoid using your nails to open
cans or lids or other tasks. You will be doing your nails a big favor
Basic Nail Care
- To get rid of brittle
nails, soak it in a bowl of warm water with few drops of lemon juice
added to it. Do it for 15 minutes twice a week to have healthy long
- Drink lots of water
and include lot of fresh vegetables and salad in the diet to have
shiny and healthy nails.
- Chose the right kind
of filer to shape your nails. Avoid using metal nail filers as it can
rip nails. Lay your hands on wood nail filer or emery boards that are
inexpensive and would need frequent replacing. You can also use
crystal glass filers that can shape both natural and artificial nails.
Moreover it can be easily be sterilized with hot water.
- Harden your soft nails
by soaking them in warm oil for about 20 minutes every alternate day.
- Donít remove cuticle
from the nail as it will make them susceptible to infections. Instead
it can be pushed backward using good quality cuticle oil or orangewood
- Try using non- acetone
polish removers to remove the nail polish and avoid using it for more
than once a week. You can also go for peel- off nail paint that can be
removed whenever you want a change.
- Always dry the nails
after bath or washing the hands and apply lotion as the soap makes it
dry and easy to break.
- Wearing darker shades
of nail paint often discolor the natural nail color hence you should
always apply the base coat that would prepare the nails for colored
- Let your nails breathe
by giving them break from nail paint from time to time as an
unattractive, yellow tint will develop on the nails.
- Before going for a
meeting or presentation, apply and rub petroleum jelly to the nails
and then rub it again with a soft cloth. This will make them shine and
- If you binge on biting
your nails every now and then, stop it immediately as it will not
damage your nails and cuticle but will also grip you in the clutches
of many diseases.