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Nature’s Formula + Common Sense Tips to growing Your OWN Nails
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The human nails are made up of laminated layers of a protein called keratin. This grows from the base of the nail under your cuticle. As new cells grow, older cells become hard and compacted and are eventually pushed out toward your fingertips. Healthy nails are smooth, without ridges or grooves. They are a uniform colour and free of spots or discolouration. Unfortunately, artificial nails in whatever form or fashion have replaced the joy of having beautiful natural nails.
Causes of Poorly Developed/Unhealthy Nails
Some certain illnesses and the practise of constant fixing of nails, as well as painting and wrapping, deprives the nails of oxygen and invariably makes the nails weak and brittle.
Poorly fixed artificial nails and injury to the nails can introduce bacteria, fungi and cause further injury to the nails which ultimately cause a malformation and disease of the nail:
Yellow discolouration, indentations that run across your nails, separation of your nail from the nail bed (onycholysis), curved nails, nails pitting, etc are some of the signs that indicate that you need to seek immediate medical attention.
Here are very useful tips to get and keep nails (hands and toes) strong, long and beautiful:
- Get soft nail files, clippers, nail polish and polish remover.
- Gently file nails to keep the edges of your nails rounded, right from the start! This will help stop snagging and tearing of nails.
- After you have filed down your nails/gotten rid of hangnails, use quality nail products which will nurse your nails back to health.
- The human body produces growth hormones which restore and repair cells and muscles. When nails are massaged, these hormones are actively stimulated.
- Massaging and rubbing the nails for about 5 minutes a day will stimulate nail growth at a faster rate.
- Deliberately improving diet will have an evident effect on your nails.
- Brittle and slow growing nails are as a result a deficiency of Vitamin D and Calcium.
- Also up your vitamin A and Protein intake. This will help to repair damaged cells in the nails.
- Also, if you suffer from brittle and hangnails, a deficiency in Zinc, Omega 3 fatty acids and B-12 could be the culprit.
- Split nails can easily be remedied by drinking more water and natural fruit juices, and eating more raw fruits and veggies.
- Take a Biotin supplement; taking 2.5 milligrams of Biotin daily can increase the thickness of nails.
Avoid Nail Abuse
- Do not use your fingernails as tools to pick, poke or pry things.
- Do not bite your nails or pick at your cuticle. These can damage the nail bed.
- Even a minor cut alongside your nail can allow bacteria or fungi to enter and cause an infection (paronychia). We experience a lot of this after fixing artificial nails.
- Always wear comfortable shoes that fit properly. Shoes that pinch or exert excessive pressure on toes may cause your nails to grow into surrounding tissue.
- It would also cut off oxygen or inadequate supply of oxygen from nails, causing nails to gradually die and remove completely.
Keep Dry and Clean
- Keeping nails dry and clean will prevent bacteria, fungi and other organisms from growing under the nail.
- Under nails of hands and feet should be clean and thoroughly dry on a regular basis especially after a bath.
- Wear rubber gloves when using soap and water for prolonged periods and soft padded foot wear when standing for a long time
- It is important to moisturise finger nails and cuticles several times a day especially when nails have been in water.
- Also, apply moisturiser to hands and feet at bedtime and cover your hands and feet with cotton gloves and stocking respectively. This will help to further soften them.
Apply Nail Polish
- Apply a nail hardener. A thin coat of nail polish will help keep moisture in the nail. Remove and reapply the nail polish after a week.
- When you do need a remover, avoid those that use acetone, which dries nails.
- Also avoid products containing toluene sulfonamide or formaldehyde. These chemicals can cause redness and/or irritate the skin.
Exfoliating with herbal salt will help to remove dead skin, as well as soften and brighten hand and feet. Furthermore, it will help to gradually fade discolouration of skin and knuckles as a result of Skin bleaching and harsh beauty products. It is very easy to neglect your nails. But a little basic Nail Care can go a long way in keeping your nails in healthy condition. Furthermore, funds can be redirected from expensive manicure and pedicure services, to the purchase of the aforementioned vitamins and foods.
As we always advice, Nature’s power is maximised when used pro-actively. Thus, it is most advisable that we take advantage of these natural and common sense methods in boosting our natural nails.
Take the artificial nails off and start grooming while they can respond to growth. Go on, I dare you!!