Having long and flawless nails gives us elegant and well-groomed hands even without nail polish. Unfortunately, however, our nails are not always in splendid shape; they break, flake, are weak, or are framed by cuticles, all things that instead give a messy look.
What you need to realize first is that to show off perfect nails, you need to take care of them on a daily basis. It takes perseverance and patience, getting used to good habits even in terms of food. But let’s go in order.
Many people suffer from this problem, which leads to nail-biting due to stress until this bad habit turns into a real nervous tic. Stopping nail-biting will help you avoid nasty infections and give your nails a healthy, not squat or deformed appearance. There are many products on the market that help discourage this behavior. The same goes for the cuticles around the nails: it is absolutely forbidden to tear them with your teeth!
Often working around the house, to make haste, we use the nails as real tools. We scrape dry residues from surfaces, lift labels, use our nails to pry the rings of the keyrings, and open them. These behaviors can damage our nails, so it is preferable to use real tools, even at the cost of losing a few more minutes.
Folic acid supports nail growth. Eat foods that contain it such as vegetables, broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, fruits (especially citrus fruits), legumes, and eggs. Vitamin A also supports the good health of our nails and helps them grow stronger: potatoes, squash, carrots, tomatoes are rich in them.
The length and shape of the nails must be maintained using the file, while the cuticles must be cut with scissors.
The cuticles must be pushed with an orangewood stick, never cut. They should also be moisturized with specific cuticle oils, at least once a week.
Moisturize your hands and nails daily, even several times a day, especially in winter and after washing your hands.
To wash the dishes, protect your nails and the skin of your hands with rubber gloves. Dish detergents, in fact, are very aggressive and in the long run, weaken both the epidermis and the nails themselves.
With these few simple steps, your nails will look healthier and grow longer and stronger.