How to Maintain Healthy Nails and Cuticles at Home

Updated: Jun 21, 2020

Hi, Beauties!

When it comes to taking care of your nails, getting a manicure is not the only option. In fact, you must take care of your nails on a daily basis. With the right technique and a little patience, you can truly get the same high quality, long-lasting result at a fraction of the price, without

leaving your home. Right now, however, with the coronavirus pandemic keeping everyone at home, going to the nail salon is absolutely not an option!

Here are some simple tricks and tips that help to maintain healthy Nails and cuticles at home. Take a look.

1. Keep Your Fingernails Dry And Clean:

All problems start with germs and bacteria. You must make sure that there is no scope for them to breed. Clean your nails regularly. Make sure you dry them after washing. This also prevents dirt and bacteria from increasing under your nails. You also need to ensure that the skin around the nails is clean and dirt-free too. Apply natural disinfectants on your nails like tea tree oil to keep the bacteria away and protect your nails from germs. Don't do it again and again. Nails soaked in water for long durations may lead to splits. When you need to wash dishes, it is best to protect your fingernails with gloves. What I recommend is you take a toothbrush and apply some salt onto it and use it to scrub your nails and the skin around it. Make sure that your nails don’t grow too long as that makes it easier for the dirt to accumulate below the nails.

2. Be gentle on your nails.

Your nails are sensitive, and scrubbing them too roughly can actually expose you to infection. Using metal tools under the nail, too much digging can cause the nail plate to separate from the skin. It's a common problem for people over 50, according. This could also lead to an irregular white, arching nail tip.

3. Stop … cutting your cuticles.

Taking good care of your cuticles is a crucial part of nail care as cuticles are very delicate and get ruptured easily. The cuticle has a very important purpose to serve: It seals the area at the base of the nail. So when you cut or remove the cuticle, it breaks that seal of protection, leaving you to expose to bacteria and the possibility of infection. The better you are at leaving cuticles alone, the more your nails will thank you!

4. Take care of your nail tools, too!

Always Disinfect your nail tools between uses is just as important as regularly cleaning your makeup brushes for the same reason, bacteria! To keep your nails happy and infection-free, Dr. Prystowsky advises washing metal tools with soap and water and then wipe them down with rubbing alcohol.

5. Stop Biting Your Nails

Biting your nails causes a lot of damage and makes your nails look pathetic, the contact with your saliva makes them super weak and brittle. The whole experience isn’t sanitary, because putting fingers in your mouth transmits the dirt and germs from your fingers to your mouth.

So, I advise you to apply nail paint that smells bad and puts you off to help you stop biting your nails!

6. Use A Moisturizer

Moisturize your hands and nails regularly.

We wouldn't go to sleep without moisturizing our face, so why should our nails be any different? Dry and flakiness are as bad for our nails as they are for our skin. Nails are very delicate and tend to break off easily. Applying a moisturizing cream or a hand balm to the nails on a daily basis will help keep them moist.

Choose any of hand creams, cuticle oil/creams, or moisturizing oils that will help keep your nails and cuticles shiny and healthy.

7. Trim Regularly

Keeping your nails long can cause bacterial infection. This is because dirt can accumulate in your nails. Also keeping long nails increases your risk of injuring yourself and others as well. Keeping your nails short and clean indicates that you practice good hygiene. Take out some time every few weeks to trim your nails and shape them in a manner you like.

8. Protect your nails with a base coat.

A base coat also creates a barrier that helps protect your nails from the damaging effects of nail polish. It prevents your nails from getting discolored and stained. It will give your polished nails a more even texture. Applying it thickly on your nails will enhance the color of your nail polish. So, the next time you decide to paint your nails, do not skip applying a base coat!

9. Use a top coat to prevent nail chips.

A top coat helps your nail color last longer. It also adds a shine to your nails and prevents them from chipping off easily. This step is just as important, as the topcoat seals in the polish's color and adds a much-needed gloss finish to your digits.

10. Stop … getting gels and acrylics.

No doubt, Gels, and acrylics are gorgeous but sadly cause immense damage to the nails. Avoid them entirely, if possible. The main issue with a gel manicure is the exposure to UV light in the drying device, which can damage the skin below and around the nail, leading to an increased risk of cancer.

A smarter alternative for this would be to choose press on ones if you are hellbent on this particular nail look as they are less harmful and easy to apply.

11. Give your nails a break.

Bottom line: Yes, treat your nails on vacation; the harsh chemicals will ruin your nails if you don’t. Save the elaborate nail art and those bold colors with lots of pigment for the weekend, and during the rest of the week, give your nails time to rest and repair with a clear gloss.

Let your nails breathe! A week or month a break is healthy!