Winter – the season when nails get chipped and break one by one! You are left with ugly stumps instead of gorgeous manicured tips. Thanks, winter!
This the season for broken nails, chapped lips, and dry skin and hair. Oh! And your cuticles! How can we forget those!
But wait! There is a way out! No! It is not artificial glue-on nails. Or mittens either! There are ways to keep your nails healthy and strong till winter retreats and the sun shines again.
Here are 5 tips for growing healthy nails this winter:
Cuticle Care – Cuticles are largely ignored, but they are more important than you think. When the weather turns cold and your nails start getting brittle, the cuticles protect them by creating a seal, a kind of barrier. They keep out infection and lock in moisture. But you need to care for your cuticles between manicures. Coddle them and love them. Give them the love of natural oils like castor oil and vitamin E. Massage the cuticles with the oils and leave it overnight to condition them.
Use Biotin – This ingredient is the superhero that will help your nails grow. There are plenty of nail growing supplements but not all of them are right. Shop around and compare the supplements. Choose a supplement that is nail-growing specific and not a general one that will promote hair growth too.
Use Nail Serums – Before you dismiss nail serums, consider this – nail serums restore the shine and health to your nails. Invest in a good nail serum, a nail hardener. Give your nails a nail-serum treatment once a week and watch your nails grow long and strong. Also, the chances of chipping decreases with the use of a good serum. They nourish and protect nails.
Avoid Aggressors – What are those things that hurt your nails? Ever thought about that? The hot shower in which you are tempted to stay for a few minutes more, that unavoidable sink of dishes or the nail paint removing pads that are so easy to use! All these are aggressors that damage your nails. While washing the dishes is unavoidable, you can wear gloves to protect your hands and nails! Use removers that are acetone-free, and don’t be tempted to soak too much in hot water.
File Cautiously – Use a good quality nail file and don’t file carelessly. Be careful, and don’t file them flat. That makes your nails brittle and weak. When filing your nails, start from the outer edge and pull towards the centre. File in one direction only.
Balanced Diet For Nails
Don’t forget your diet. A balanced diet plays a big part in the growth of nails. Surprised, are you? But why should you be? When you need a balanced diet for good inner health, healthy skin and hair, why wouldn’t it be necessary for nails too?
Whether you know it or not, your nail health is indicative of your inner health. Your diet should be nutrient-rich. This will prevent the nails from becoming brittle and dry and strengthen them. Your diet should include salmon, lean meats, leafy greens, eggs, beans, whole grains and nuts. Also, include plenty of fruits such as berries. Bananas, strawberries and blueberries are especially good for nail health and growth.
Nuts prevent vertical ridges that are an indication of deficiency in magnesium. Include sunflower seeds that contain trace minerals such as copper and manganese. Seeds are also rich in vitamin B6, Vitamin E and zinc. These not only help your nails grow but are also important for glowing skin and hair.
Leafy greens such as kale, broccoli and spinach provide the body with calcium, folate and iron.
Add a lot of colour to your plate. Bell peppers, tomatoes, leafy greens, purple cabbage and carrots are examples of what your plate should include. Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C, while carrots are vitamin A rich.
In winters, it is better to keep your nails short as long nails can snag and break. Keeping them trim and using an emery board to shape will keep them safe. Give them plenty of vitamin C and vitamin E. These vitamins will strengthen them in less than a week.
Avoid glue on nails and keep them healthy. Include nail supplements in your diet and finally, stop biting your nails.
Guest Post by Swati Sharma is a beauty and skincare enthusiast. She loves to create content around it and presently is a blogger at 365Gorgeous, a beauty and skincare blog dedicated to keeping you gorgeous, always. When not writing, you would often find her sipping a cuppa and reading non-fiction books.