How can I keep my nails growing healthy?

They say you can tell a lot about a person from their hands, and with my OCD, I for one definitely agree with that theory. Clean, healthy and well maintained nails always make a good impression, and with nail art craze sweeping the nation recently, don’t pretend you don’t have a helfie (hand selfie?) clutching a bottle of nail varnish…there are no excuses!

My natural nails 

Whether your nails are naturally brittle or have only recently begun chipping and breaking, fear not, as there are a few easy ways that you can help your nails grow strong and healthy.

Like any part of the body, what you eat makes a big difference on your appearance. For your nails, there are a number of things that you can ensure to include in your diet for healthier nails. These include four vital nutrients: biotin (found in bananas, beans, peanuts, and cauliflower), omega-3 fatty acids (flax seed, salmon, spinach, and walnuts), protein (remember nails are made of proteins known as keratin), and zinc (green beans, cashews).

Although I’m not a fan of acrylics, I will admit that they can look great, however prolonged use of acrylics can make your real nails look and feel torn and brittle; this is because fake nails will push down hard on to your natural nail. Try and take breaks between fake nail wear.

In the meantime there are warm oils for fragile nails that can help restore them. Luckily, these can be found in your kitchen and so are relatively inexpensive. Sesame, sunflower and olive oil (and even pure vitamin E) are known for their rejuvenating and soothing effects on nails. For intense care, warm up a little bit these oils, and then soak your nails for 5-10 minutes before rinsing. For better results, leave the oil on your nails overnight. It’s good to massage your nails every other day with olive oil to stimulate their growth and to nourish cuticles. easy!

I’m a huge fan of nail polish, however removing them can mean that your nails natural oils are stripped along with the nail varnish remover. A handy tip is to avoid acetone-based nail varnish removers. They can take a little while longer to remove stronger colours, but think of the long term benefits for your nails!

How do you keep your nails looking healthy? Do you like yours long or short? Do you wear acrylics?

Love R x

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