Nails are highly specialized keratin appendages. Beyond their aesthetic value, these structures have an essential physiological function in our body, as they protect the ends of the fingers and toes from physical forces and infections and participate in the precision of touch.
Nails are composed of the nail plate, nail bed, cuticle, matrix, and lunula, these keratinized structures contain a much more intricate morphological complexity than might first be imagined. We are not going to stop at its parts and chemical composition, because what interests us today is its care and correct maintenance. Nail care is mainly based on avoiding excessive relative humidity in the environment and the appearance of local lesions.
Due to the importance and fragility of nails, it is necessary to always keep in mind certain actions that, if carried out regularly, will promote your well-being over time. For this reason, today HEALTHY and FITNESS present you with 18 tips to take care of the health of your nails. Remember: it is not about mere aesthetics, but about a health issue.
The Best Tips To Keep Your Nails In Good Condition
Without further ado, we dive right into the list of tips we have just promised you. Stay with us, because today we have a lot of fabric to cut and rough edges to polish. Go for it.
1. Properly Cut and Care For Nails:
We know that sporting long nails is a relatively widespread aesthetic value in the general population, especially in the female gender. In any case, it is not a coincidence that in many cases access to health centers is prevented if the patient has very long or false nails. Long nails promote the formation of biofilms of microorganisms under them, which can be pathogens and lead to infections. In addition, having these keratinized structures too far from the finger can lead to injuries that break, crack, and even tear the nail.
Toenails: Good toenail care is essential since many diseases related to the feet come precisely from letting them grow too long, a bad cut, breaks, and other problems such as fungus. You must bear in mind that the toenails have to be cut straight and done on the outside of the finger. This way we will prevent them from becoming encyst and growing naturally outwards. A bad cut can cause the nail to ingrown, which is extremely painful. On the other hand, watch the health of your nails and do not try to hide the marks that appear. Many of them reveal fungal or infection problems that will not be solved with nail polish. Before masking them, go to the podiatrist to tell you what treatment you should follow.
Do not round or cut them too much, especially those on the feet. Do it at least once a month and, if possible, immerse them in water beforehand to make it easier. If you cannot do it yourself, ask for help or go to a specialized center.
2. Use Manicure Scissors Or Nail Clippers:
ng your nails, especially toenails, will be easier and safer if you use specific tools for them, which must also be clean. When finished, you can also use a file to smooth the edges, but never round the ends. Filing your nails can also be a good option, again, not just as an aesthetic value. Filing thick areas reduce the effective surface, on which pathogens such as fungi can develop, which is why it is an excellent preventive method against possible infections.
3. Use of Sweat-Absorbing Socks / Do Not Abuse Gloves:
As you will discover in this and other tips below, avoiding excessive moisture in the nail environment is key for your nail’s well-being. An excess of water deteriorates the nail plate and the cuticle, drying out their structures. In addition, a medium with high relative humidity is usually correlated with the appearance of fungi and bacterial colonies. As you may have guessed, this is all a perfect cocktail for nail infection.
In this case, periodically allowing the hands and feet to perspire is essential to avoid a “stale” and too humid environment.
4. Limit Nail Painting:
Again, we are facing an aesthetic value that is widely extended in society. Despite how common it is, experts argue that when painting the nails they are being covered with a chemical compound (in many cases with certain toxins in their formula), which can hinder the natural creation of keratin.
This condition is further aggravated if we take into account the watertight environment in which the toenails are found since perspiration is very difficult between socks and shoes. Therefore, limiting nail painting to special occasions (especially those of the feet) is a good idea to maintain their physiological integrity.