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Perfection at your fingertips!

Regular nail care results in healthy nails that you can be proud to take to work or out on the town. Maintaining healthy nails that look fashionable doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. Follow these simple and inexpensive guidelines which will help you possess strong and shiny nails.


 Maintaining a nail care regime

Whether you’re the type of person who religiously paints their nails as a form of self-care or someone who’s constantly picking and biting at their cuticles, we all yearn for healthy, perfectly manicured nails. Therefore it is very important to maintain a proper regime.


Healthy nail signs

* Nail plates are a pinkish-white colour.


* Cuticles are existent (so don’t cut them!).


* Nails and white tips are even lengths.


* Prominent half-moon shaped white section (called the lunula) at nail base.


Diet for healthy nails

Whether you realize it or not, nail health can be a pretty strong indicator of your overall health. Plenty of nutrients in food can help your nails, taking them from dry and brittle to healthy and strong.

Foods that can improve your nails include fruits, lean meats, salmon, leafy greens, beans, eggs, nuts, and whole grains.

Difference between a classic pedicure and  a spa-type pedicure

Basic or classic pedicures are what you probably learned in school. Shape the nails and cuticle area, slough the feet and/or legs, massage calves and feet, and finish with an invigorating peppermint-type lotion. A spa-type pedicure goes further with exfoliation and pampering of the client.


The best way to get rid of nail ridges

Nail ridges that arise from a lack of the body’s natural oils are easy to treat. Your first line of defense: moisture. Try applying nail oil, vitamin E oil, coconut oil, or olive oil to your nails to help prevent ridges from forming in the first place.


Dry white spots on nails

Leukonychia is a condition where white lines or dots appear on your finger or toenails. For others, the white spots may be larger and stretch across the entire nail. The spots may affect one nail or several. The most common cause of leukonychia is injury to the nail bed

If your white spots are caused by trauma to the nail, you’ll just have to wait until it grows out. However, if it’s from the use of gel or polish, then try gentle buffing and applying cuticle oil.


Brown toenail nails

When a toenail develops a fungal infection, it typically turns yellow or brown. Foul-smelling debris also may accumulate under the nail. As the infection continues, the nail may crumble gradually and fall off. Or, it may become so thick that the affected toe feels uncomfortable or painful inside shoes.

- Compiled by  Ruwini Jayawardana


Nail  these tips!

* Keep nails clean and dry.

* Cut nails straight across. Use sharp nail scissors or clippers. Round the nails slightly at the tips for maximum strength.

*  Keep nails shaped and free of snags by filing with an emery board.

*  Do not bite fingernails or remove the cuticle. Doing so can damage the nail.

*  Do not use your nails as a tool, such as opening pop cans.

* Trim toenails regularly. Keeping them short will minimize the risk of trauma and injury.

*When toenails are thick and difficult to cut, soak your feet in warm salt water. Mix one teaspoon of salt per pint of water and soak for 5 to 10 minutes.

* Avoid “digging out” ingrown toenails, especially if they are infected and sore. If you are suffering from an ingrown toenail, see a dermatologist for treatment.

* Wear shoes that fit properly. Also alternate which pair of shoes you wear each day.

*Wear flip flops at the pool and in public showers. This reduces the risk of infections caused by a fungus that can get in your toenails.

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