5 Tips For Beautiful Healthy Nails

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Our hands tell us a lot about ourselves. In fact, mine are telling me that I need a manicure BADLY. Don’t laugh; yours are probably in need of one too. If you’re like me, you probaly don’t have the time or extra money to visit a manicurist regularly; learning to care for them yourselves can be a great way to save money while giving yourself a little pampering session.

I used to be a nail biter so my hands have not always looked their best. Once I broke that habit, the appearance of my nails became very important to me. I’ve had to learn how to maintain them, keep them healthy nails and am no longer embarrassed of their appearance. The quest for beautiful healthy nails doesn’t have to break the bank, in fact, it is easy and affordable if you know how to.

Here are some tips for better looking nails.

Remember I mentioned that I was once a nail biter. Well, that one is first on the list as a big no, no.

Don’t bite, chew, or peel your nails. Chewing on your nails and cuticles can cause bleeding and infection and sometimes permanently damages nail growth. Some habits are difficult to break, but you can do it!

Use nail clippers and a file regularly. Short nails are fashionable and healthy right now! Trimming nails regularly promotes healthy growth. If a nail gets snagged, trim it and file it right away. Also, trim hangnails with clippers instead of biting them off.

Moisturize. Nails and cuticles need moisturizer just like your skin does. Rub lotion into your nails and cuticles when you are moisturizing your hands at night.

Maintain a healthy diet. Yes, eating healthy is good for your entire body including your nails! Eat a diet that is rich in zinc and calcium. Eat foods with protein! Stay away from lots of sugar and alcohol. Your nails will reflect what you are eating.

Wear rubber gloves. Gloves can serve as a protectant. When you are engaging in activities where your nails could get dirty, damaged, or extremely dried out, wear gloves to protect them. This includes activities like dishwashing and gardening.

All in all, I think nails are an extension of our skin and they reflect our personal habits and health. You can achieve beautiful healthy nails yourself and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to do so.

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  1. Great tips! My 4 year old daughter and I spend Saturday’s doing our nails. Hopefully she will make nail health a priority long before I did.

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  2. my kids have become nail rippers and they are always ripping of hang nails too it looks like they are forced to do some serious manual labor. Not sure how to stop them anymore either.

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  3. I should follow these…my manicures never last more than a day.

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  4. Great tips! I definitely need to follow these!

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  5. April Decheine says:

    I need to wear Rubber Gloves and wear them in the garden, my nails are horrible!!

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  6. My cuticles are my nightmare, and I really need to make sure I’m keeping them moisturized.

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  7. Great tips, the only one I follow is not biting my nails. I guess that is why mine aren’t very beautiful right now lol.

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  8. Great tips! Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Great tips!

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  10. Oh my nails I gave up on years ago! The only thing I still do any more is file them and buff the ridges off. I cannot stand ridges on my nails!!! Great tips though :)

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  11. My nails crack and peel, and are disfigured, because of my skin disorder. Hence, I keep my hands in my pockets a lot when I meet new people.

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  12. I need to take better care of my nails. Great tips!

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  13. I do everything but moisturize. I try but keep forgetting.

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  14. Great tips, I need to start using rubber gloves more often.

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  15. I certainly need a manicure right now… in fact, I could probably use a weekly one.

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  16. Since I started moisturizing my nails on a daily basis, I have noticed a big difference in their health.

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  17. I cut mine as soon as they grow…

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  18. I have to work on my nail biting. It is a really bad habit of mine.

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  19. I’m a nail biter too :(

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  20. Great tips. My child chews on the nails and it bothers me so badly.

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  21. Im a horrible nail biter, thanks for the great tips.

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  22. Brandi @ Flip Flop Mama says:

    Great advice! I’ve started taking biotin so mine will grow faster and thicker.

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  23. Having suffered from nail fungus once, I now pay particular attention to my fingernils and toenails now. :)

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  24. Debbie Welchert says:

    I liked your tips on keeping nails healthy. I have the worst nails in the world. Now it’s time to get them healthy. Thanks for the tips.

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