Our 8th Annual Q4 Clean-Up is underway and one of the first things I'm doing is ditching my acrylic nails. Now, in all fairness, I go back and forth between acrylics, UV gels, and natural nails. This time around, I'd been wearing acrylic nails for about 3 months –– basically, all summer. But now, it's fall and I'm ready for a change...again.
Tips for Healthy Natural Nails:
- Drink lots of water: 70% of our body is water and nothing on earth grow without water. Be sure to get 2-3 liters of water every 24 hours.
- Maintain a proper diet: The growth and health of your nails depends greatly on your diet. Be sure to stock up on protein and Vitamin D rich foods. With a well-rounded diet, it can also be helpful to take supplements, like hair and nail or prenatal vitamins.
- Use garlic: Rubbing garlic on your fingernails, or putting garlic in your favorite nail treatment, can make them grow faster and stronger.
- Get regular manicures: Good nail hygiene and maintenance can both improve the health of your nails thus making them grow stronger and faster. Also pushing the cuticles back during a manicure can stimulate growth. Just be sure to push gently and never cut the cuticles.
- Use a nail polish that promotes nail growth: There are some "organic" nail polishes in that market that promote faster nail growth. Apply them on your nails regularly. Also, painting your nails gives an extra layer onto the nail that will help strengthen and help them remain strong as they grow.
- Wear gloves when doing the dishes/laundry: After washing your hands or cleaning, make it a habit to apply a moisturizer to your hands and fingernails.
- Use cuticle oil: Oil is absolutely wonderful for nails. Apply oil to clean nails and rub gently into cuticles and nails. This is best to do before you sleep so you can allow the oil to get into the tissue overnight. Adding oils high in fatty acids, anti-oxidants and nutrients to a cuticle will result to fast growing nails.
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