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A good diet can help improve your nails, and taking the right vitamins will result in harder nails. Want to fill in the ridge's in your nails and get stronger nails? 1. Eat high-quality protein and fiber foods including eggs, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. 2. Make sure your diet has a good combination of fresh fruits and vegetables. 3. Sulfur- and silicon-rich foods like onions, broccoli, fish and sea vegetables all help to harder your nails. 4. Eat foods high in B vitamins. Want to supplement your diet? Try looking for a base coat or polish infused with Calcium and Vitamins (especially B5). These can be found at any local drugstore or beauty supply store. Use daily to create a natural look and make nails harder.
There is no miracle nail care cure, but caring for your nails can result in your nails looking their best. Here are a few simple steps to properly care for your nails:
- Use tools, not your fingernails, to pick, poke or pry things.
- Don't bite your nails or pick at your cuticles. - Protect your nails by wearing rubber gloves when using soap and water for prolonged periods or when using harsh chemicals.
- Routinely trim your fingernails and clean under the nails regularly.
- Never pull off hangnails, but clip them with cuticle clippers.
- Moisturize your nails frequently.
Keeping your nail polish on too long has its disadvantages - chipping, cracking and natural nail discoloration. Make it a habit to remove nail polish, even it's clear, once a week. Keep a tin of cuticle cream kept in your work desk, next to your nightstand or in your kitchen drawer to remind you to nourish your nails on a daily basis.
If you have weak or frail nails, strengthening them can be tough. But, we found some tips that you can do to strengthen your nails, which will make them less likely to split or break.
- Keep your nails short and trim your nails after a bath or a 15-minute hand-soak in bath oil. Then apply a moisturizer.
- Moisturize your nails and cuticles at bedtime.
- Apply a nail hardener without toluene sulfonamide or formaldehyde. These chemicals can irritate the skin.
- Touch up dull nails with an additional coat of polish instead of using nail polish remover every week.
Taking acrylic nails off can be damaging to your natural nail. Make sure you have necessary relief nearby to help coat your frail nails after removing the acrylic. Look for product lines that carry specific formulas to care for newly removed nails. Products like OPI, Seche, Barielle, and Nailtek are just a few that have a package to bring nails back to it's natural state.
Ever wonder what is inside the nail polish? What makes nail polish and nail hardeners. Dr. Zoe Diana Draelos, a clinical associate professor in the Department of Dermatology at Wake Forest University published the answer: Nail hardeners are used to increase the strength of brittle nails due to excessive contact with solvents, detergents, and water. Originally, nail hardeners were formulated with at least 10 percent solutions of formaldehyde; however, the Food and Drug Administration recalled these products following reports of illnesses and reversible nail damage. Free formaldehyde in concentrations of 1-2 percent is still permitted, but acetates, toluene, nitrocellulose, acrylic, and polyamide resins are now used to structurally reinforce the nail plate. Some products actually contain 1 percent nylon fibers and are known as fibered nail hardeners. Other additives purported to strengthen the nail include hydrolyzed proteins, modified vegetable extracts, glycerin, propylene glycol, and metal salts.
If you love your manicures and rely on manicures to keep your nails properly cared for, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Don't have your cuticles removed
— it can lead to nail infection.
- Always check to be sure that your nail technician uses sterilized tools during your manicure. Unsterilized tools transmit viral infections, such as hepatitis B or warts.
Men's nails are stronger and grow faster than women's nails, but their larger surface area makes men's nails more prone to breaks and chips. Nice nails look good on everyone, including men, and make a good impression at the office or on the golf course. If you're playing Rugby on Sunday, clean up your nails for Monday. A simple swipe of nail hardener on men's nails will keep them looking good and strong. If you're really concerned about your manly appearance, use hand lotion once a day to help keep the cuticles soft and the nails flexible. And one last tip men: don't forget about your toe nails.
Nail hardeners are basically clear nail enamel, with added resin concentrations. They are used as the first coat of enamel applied to a clean nail and nail hardeners can also serve as a base coat. For those with sensitive skin, it's good to point that nail hardeners may contain the same toluene-sulfonamide-formaldehyde resin as nail polish, and the same dermatological considerations apply.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|