Guide To Deciphering Your Fingernail Health & What To Do About It!
Fingernails aren’t something you normally think about when considering your overall health. However, your fingernails can give you clues on what’s going on in your body!
Taking care of your nails is an important part of keeping them healthy. This article goes over some tips for keeping your nails healthy and information on possible nail conditions.
Take periodic breaks from nail polish
It’s a common belief that your nails need time to breath between manicures, but this isn’t exactly true. Your nails don’t need to breathe, but keeping nail polish on for long periods can lead to other problems.
Using acetone remover on a regular basis dry’s out your nails. Leaving on nail polish for a while also makes you more susceptible to develop keratin granulation. Both of these side effects make it easier to pick up a nail infection.
Moisturize your cuticles
Your cuticles act as a protective barrier for your nails. Without your cuticles, your nail bed is open to infection.
It’s a good idea to consciously keep your cuticles moisturized. Vitamin E oil is excellent for moisturizing and healing damaged cuticles.
When getting a pedicure, it’s not a bad idea to pass on the cuticle trimming. Taking this precaution reduces your risk of infection. Signs of infection include redness, swelling and pain.
Keep your nails trimmed
Shorter nails are less likely to get caught, pulled, chipped or broken. Anyone who’s suffered the pain of a broken nail knows it’s not fun.
Cut your nails straight across. This allows the nail to grow back evenly and is easier to cut the next time.
Skip the acrylic nails
The chemicals used in acrylic may be more harmful than we think. Acrylic and similar types of nails are known to cause skin irritation and inflammation in some people.
Of course getting acrylic nails once in a while won’t hurt, however it’s important to remember to it’s not natural to expose your nails to chemicals all the time. Moderation is key.