Healthy Nails 101
Did you know that your nails can reveal clues to your overall health? So aside from wanting your nails to look great you want them to be physically healthy. We are going to outline how to get healthy nails from the inside to the outside. Learn how to maintain healthy nails and cuticles at home.
Eat A Healthy Varied Diet
Just as with your skin and hair, what you eat can also affect your nails. You can up your intake of protein (pork, broccoli, and lentils), biotin (eggs, salmon, almonds, peanuts), zinc (green beans, shellfish, cashews), and iron (beef, spinach, kale) for better nails.
Also, a recent Dutch study showed improvement in nail growth among subjects who maintained an organic, minimally processed diet. So skip the snack and sugar where you can.
Your nails are one of the first places to show signs of nutritional deficiencies. Biotin has been shown to be helpful for strengthening and growing your nails. Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin B coenzyme. You can add a biotin supplement to your daily routine at the recommended dosage of 2000-3000 micrograms. Many multivitamins contain biotin already so check your labels and if you need more micrograms opt for a specific biotin supplement. Nails grow slowly so it will take about 4 months to see biotin benefits on your fingernails and 9 months for toenails.
One simple way to keep your nails healthy and your nails looking flawless is to wear gloves when cleaning! House cleaning chemicals remove oil, grime, and dirt but do a number to your nails and hands. Rubber gloves work so pick some up on your next Target run.
Perform Regular Manicures
Manicures remove rough, dry edges of cuticles and nails that tend to get caught on things and provide further damage or irritation. Like we needed to give you a reason to pamper yourself!
Exfoliate Your Nails
Buff on the surface of your nails in gentle circular motions to smooth and brighten beds. But—in the same way, that you don't want to over-exfoliate your skin—you should buff only once a week. Bellasonic’s patented oscillating discs provide this exact movement without damaging your nails and keeps them strong.
Moisturize Your Nails & Cuticles
Treat your nails like you would your hair and indulge them in plenty of moisture. Also, a big DIY manicure don’t is pushing your cuticles back and cutting them. Your cuticles are essential in protecting your growing nails from bacteria and germs entering your body that can cause infection. Bellasonic gently removes excess skin and keeps your cuticles in tip-top shape. Use a daily hand cream and regularly use cuticle oil.
Avoid Nail Polish Remover & Hand Sanitizers That Contain Alcohol
Try to avoid using nail polish remover more than once a week. They are bad news for your nails. Use a great topcoat every other day to prevent chipping and make your manicure last longer.
Right now it is super important to wash and clean your hands and yes hand sanitizer is an easy alternative but oh so drying if there is alcohol in the ingredients. Try your best to wash your hands with soap and water and use your moisturizing hand cream and cuticle oil often!
The Rule of Five
Five days on, five days off. This is one of the best ways to maintain healthy nails. Wear polish for five days and then take five days off. Scared to go polish-free? Bellasonic’s advanced nail grooming system has a shinning disc to give your natural nails the shine and confidence to go bare.
Save Professional Mani & Pedis for Special Occasions
Overdoing it on professional manicures and pedicures can lead to dry and brittle nails. Giving yourself an at-home dry mani/pedi will give you all the benefits of beautiful nails without the water stresses from the salon. Plus! Dry manicures can lead to less polish chipping! Bellasonic is one easy tool to give you salon-quality results at home without the salon damage.