Beauty Tips for Nails

Updated at: May 01, 2013
Beauty Tips for Nails

Getting healthy and beautiful nails can mean navigating through a pile of nail care tips. Keep your fingernails looking their best with these easy beauty tips.

Deepika Majumdar
Fashion & BeautyWritten by: Deepika MajumdarPublished at: Apr 29, 2013

Beauty Tips for Nails

Your fingernails tell a lot about you. Well manicured nails always add an extra point to the beauty of your hands, and fortunately, you do not need a lot of time and money to maintain healthy nails. Check out these easy nail care tips that don't take much work or time and keep them looking perfectly manicured all of the time.

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Cut Your Nails after taking Shower

Whenever you need to cut your nails, always do it after soaking your fingernails for some time. It will make your nails more pliable and easy to trim without cracking. In case, you don't have time to soak your nails, just cut them after your shower or bath. They'll be perfectly ready to cut.


Eat Foods Rich in Vitamin A and Calcium

If you are worried of your dry and brittle nails, all you need to do is to increase the intake of food items that are rich in Vitamin A, such as such as apricots, broccoli, carrot and cheese. You should also consume food items like milk, yoghurt, cheese and almonds as these are the sources of calcium. These will help to strengthen your soft nails.

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Keep your Nails Moisturized

Just like your skin, your nails also get dehydrated. Generally, it happens, if you're using nail polish remover on a regular basis. Every night, before going to bed, wash your hands thoroughly with lukewarm water, wipe them dry with a towel and apply a hand moisturizer. You may also apply petroleum jelly into the cuticle and on the skin surrounding your nails.


Make Sure What you are Using

Chipped nail paint looks worse, so try using a clear polish that gives your nails a smooth, shiny finish and even if it does start chipping. Avoid using an acetone-based or formaldehyde-based nail-polish remover as it makes your nails brittle, rather, stick to a remover that has acetate in it.


Stay Away from Artificial Nails

If you want to keep your nails strong and shiny, then avoid using artificial nails as much as possible. These artificial nails affect the underlying nail with unwanted chemicals and glue. Using these nails regularly may also lead to fungal infection of the fingernails.


Wear Cotton-Lined Rubber Gloves

When you are indulging in any kind of housework, be it doing the dishes or scrubbing the rooms or using chemicals, make sure to wear cotton-lined rubber hand gloves. This will prevent unnecessary chipping and save your nails from the harsh cleaners as well.

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Your nails can really look great by following these basic nail care tips:

  • Avoid overexposure to water as it may dry your nails out, leaving them weak and brittle.
  • Do not remove cuticles as it can lead to nail infection. Apply some cuticle oil and gently push back the cuticles.
  • Always file nails in one direction as filing back and forth can cause splits.
  • Don’t use your finger nails as tools to pick, pluck or scratch things.
  • Most importantly, drink plenty of water to keep your nails well hydrated.


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