On Your Tips!

By First Posted: Jun 5, 2007 Tue 10:30 AM Updated: Dec 7, 2007 Fri 12:26 AM

As you wave a hi to your dear friend, or shake hands with your new boss or hold hands and sit for hours together with you love the first thing that they notice is our nails! And we still dare to ignore them!

Nails dont just enhance the beauty of our hands, but are also reflections of our personal hygiene. It is very important to have healthy nails. The color of your nails indicates your physical and at times even your mental health! So what if they are dead cells, they are still a part of your body and you must take good care of them.

Healthy nails are transparent and look pink in color as a result of the blood beneath them.

If you wear nail polish on a regular basis, take it off for a day or two every week, in order to let your nails breathe.

Add shine to your nails by massaging coconut oil or warm castor oil on to them.

If you do not like nail polish then apply dry soap to your nail and buff or use lemon peel for a similar result.

Dip a cotton-tipped swab in hydrogen peroxide to clean under the nails and whiten them.

Before giving yourself a manicure dip your nails in a cup of warm water with one tablespoon of lemon juice.

Put your fingertips in half a lemon and twist your finger back and forth to clean the cuticles and nails.

The Healthier, The Better
Drink lots of water and keep your body hydrated everyday. It makes nails smoother, stronger and shiner. Include FDA approved vitamins or supplements in your diet. Your fingernails count on you to be responsible with your diet. Unless instructed otherwise by your physician, you can increase your daily doses of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, calcium, folic acid, protein, Vitamin B12 and zinc.

To avoid breaking or brittle nails:

Increase the amount of calcium in your diet.

Avoid using products containing alcohol, especially perfumed lotions, as these items can make nails prone to breaking.

Wear rubber gloves when you do chores that involve continual submersion in water or contact with harsh detergents or chemicals.

And finally, avoid using your nails as tools! This means no picking, scratching, digging, pinching, etc. You know who you are, dont you?

These little tips and toes are a lot more important than we think in terms of both beauty and health. The more you ignore them, the more helpless and vulnerable they become! Maybe thats the reason why it is often said treat nails as your babies!

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