Most people don't give a lot of attention to their nails beyond applying a nail polish or trying not to gnaw them during a stressful commute. In reality, your nails are actually very important and must be treated as such. They protect the tips of the fingers and toes, and they aid you in many of life's small and big tasks. Although being overly aggressive with cleaning and maintaining the nails might actually put your normally strong nails at risk for yeast or bacterial infections. You won't need frequent manicures to maintain good-looking nails if you follow these few simple tips.
The Use of Biotin
As long as you eat a healthy, varied diet, you don't need any dietary supplements to guarantee strong nails. But, people with weak nails may benefit from supplemental biotin, a B vitamin. Biotin has been shown to be helpful for strengthening and growing the nails. However, weak nails can be enhanced through the use of biotin.
The cuticles need to be protected and handled with care, If you cut them back too far or push them around too aggressively, you might damage them. That, in turn, leaves your nail bed open to infection. Be aware of the signs of infection, including redness, pain, swelling, and even pus in your cuticles and the nearby skin. See a doctor for help treating any infection.
Keep Your Nails Trimmed
The goal is to have neat, more natural-looking, shorter nails. Trimming nails regularly helps you to maintain healthy nails and helps to avoid snagging or breaking. How frequently you trim will depend on how fast your nails grow. Use a fine file to smooth out the edges of your nails. As part of your manicures, you can also lightly buff the surface of your nails, especially if you tend to get ridges. This way, you nails are at a healthy state.
As much as we say its a good habit to get your Manicure done regularly, you need to keep it simple to preserve healthy nails. It's a simple routine of go in, get your nail polish removed, have them shape your nails, not real brutally though, get a fresh coat, and be done with it. Skip the acrylic nails, as this could lead to more infections. Also, be aware that there is a small risk of skin cancer from the UV light that affixes solar nails. Make sure you wear sunscreen on your hands if you are going to be putting them under the light.
Take Infections Seriously
Smoothing ragged edges and wrapping a broken nail in an adhesive bandage are fine, but if you see signs of infection, check in with your doctor for the needed nail care. You'll probably recognize the signs of a bacterial infection (redness, swelling, and pain), but you might miss the early signs of a nail fungal infection, such as puffy, red, irritated skin around the nail bed. Fungal infections could improve with an over-the-counter antifungal treatment, but they sometimes require prescription medications. For optimal nail care, get medical attention when healthy nails are at risk.