Nail care involves a lot of effort, to maintain fine looking nails. It is necessary to keep the nails well moisturized and hydrated. The habitual use of cuticle oil and nail strengthening creams can help in stimulating nail growth. Household equipment and solvents can often damage the nails. It is always advisable to wear gloves, while performing daily chores around the house and while working in the garden. Too much moisture can result in dry nails and chipping.

Everyone has a different nail types so you have to look after your nails according to the requirement. If you do not care about your nails or neglect minor discomforts then it may blow up to be a severe case of fungi or bacterial infection with swelling, pus and pain are the normal symptoms. Any minor infection should be cured and shown to a dermatologist for treatment. Looking after your nails is important for being healthy also. Dirty, unclean nails with build up are a major cause for concern as they induce germs inside the body when in contact with your mouth. Kids specially catch half the infections in this manner.

It is very important to remove old nail polish at least once a week. There are 2 main types of nail polish removers to choose from. Acetone removers take off the polish very quickly, but dry the cuticles. Non-acetone removers take longer to remove polish, but dry the nails and cuticles. If people have artificial nails, it is advisable to use only non-acetone removers. It is also very essential to file the nails in one direction only.

Do not subject your hands and nails to extremely hot water, harsh chemicals, and strong household cleaners. Do wear gloves.

Do use a cuticle cream daily or massage a dab of olive oil into the cuticles.

Don't file or buff the nails excessively. This can think and weaken nails.

Do apply hand lotion regularly to keep the hands moisturized and aid nails that crack or chip. If nails are soft and tend to tear, avoid putting lotion on the nails themselves.
Do be alert to allergic reactions from formaldehyde in nail polish or acrylics in sculptured nails, tips, and nail glues. The reaction may show up as a rash or itchiness on places touched by the nails, like the eyelids, cheeks, or neck - rather than on the less sensitive skin of the hands.

Putting in a little effort even in a fortnight is enough to have well manicured nails. Soak your hands in warm water for 15 to 20 minutes and add some herbal cleansing lotion to the water. Take it out and exfoliate your hands with an organic scrub while the nails can be cut easily. After drying your hands and nails, take a file to gently shape your nails in gentle, round strokes. For less breakage and cracks, file from the middle along the edges for a better look.

Do not put one thick layer of nail polish but apply 2 or 3 coats of it. Wait for each coat to dry out before applying the next one. It is best to avoid alcohol based lotions and creams as they tend to weaken and dehydrate the nails.

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