From Tip to Toe

Not only does the harsh summer dry out our skin and hair, but it also wrecks havoc on our nails. Here are 10 tips to keep them strong and healthy. 

1. Hydrate your cuticles.
Although it works to moisturise your nails with any hand cream or lotion, if you want the full effect, it is wise to rub petroleum jelly, castor or olive oil onto your fingertips.

2. File in one direction.
Filing back and forth causes your nails to weaken and break. Never file right after a shower or a swim.

3. Don’t go bare.
Always protect them with at least one coat of clear or base polish coat. This also locks in moisture.

4. Choose the right products.
Stay clear of harsh chemicals and choose a non-acetone nail polish remover. If you’re willing to splurge, then go for a moisturising one.

5. Go easy on your nails.
It is the 21st century; stop using your nails
as tools!

6. Protect yourself.
Washing dishes on a daily basis can be disastrous. Always wear rubber gloves while doing any kind of household chores.

7. Nutrition.
If you have brittle, white-spotted nails, your diet could be the culprit. Add a glass of milk, eggs and leafy greens to your daily routine. White spots are a sign of low zinc intake.

8. Don’t cut your cuticles.
Your cuticles are there for a reason, to protect your nails. If you are getting a manicure in a salon, ask them to just gently push the skin back.

9. Take your vitamins.
Biotin supplements can work wonders on your nails. In fact, veterinarians actually use it to strengthen horses’ hooves!

10. Foot care.
Remember, everything that applies to your finger nails applies to your toe nails too. Have pedicures every one to two weeks for healthy, well-maintained toes.

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