Caring for Your Nails and Hands
Healthy nails should look slightly rounded, smooth and a shiny pink. If you happen to take a look around you, you'll notice that not everyone's hands look like this. However, there are a few ways we can care for our nails.
One absolute no-go: biting or picking at your cuticles, and not just for aesthetic reasons. Picking at your cuticles allows bacteria and fungi to invade the nail bed, leading to inflammation. Those who think they can hide the problem with artificial nails are mistaken. Unwanted pathogens can still find a home underneath the gel of fake nails. Painting your nails is also not enough to keep infection away.
Caring for Your Hands & Nails
Naturally beautiful nails need regular maintenance. Avoid harsh clippers or nail scissors and care for your nails gently and carefully. Always file your nails in the same direction and then cut them into shape. High-quality glass, mineral or sand based nails files, are preferable- try to stay away from metal files.
Harsh chemicals also create problems for our nails. Our recommendation to avoid these problems is to use gloves while cleaning and washing up and to refrain from acetone-based nail polish remover. Apply an extra portion of moisturizer to your nails during your daily skin care routine to protect your cuticles from drying out.
Dietary Support from Head to Fingertips
If you tend to suffer from brittle nails, unsightly ridges, or white spots, even with careful care, you should pay more attention to your diet. An unbalanced diet and tedious infections can leave traces on your fingernails. For strong, healthy nail growth we need essential nutrients such as the vitamin biotin, which although present in many foods, is often only found at low concentrations. Liver, soybeans, egg yolks and yeast are particularly rich in biotin.
If you have deep or wide ridges in your nails, you may need to get more zinc. Oysters, meat, oatmeal, nuts and cheese all contain this special trace element. A healthy appearance is always the result of a healthy diet!
Biotin and zinc contribute to the maintenance of normal skin, hair and nails.