Monday, June 2, 2014

Natural Nail Treatment to Keep your Nails Healthy

Recognize your nail problem. Many people complain about fragile nails, having brittle and vulnerable nail plate. There’s an ongoing debate about whether brittle nails are caused predominantly by a lack of protein or moisture in the nails. Brittle nails may be caused by many factors. Brittle nails may be hereditary, poor diet, excess use or even a nail disease. Using products that contain calcium will strengthen your nails, prevent peeling and speed the growth of your nails.

Silica is necessary for the formation of strong healthy nails. This amino acid is additionally found in the herb coltsfoot and contains sulfur, which is required in skin and nail growth,” says Elena Kalmykova, an experienced nail technician from Florence Beauty nail art studio in Tallinn.

Food containing fatty acids will help your brittle nails and strengthen them. Use of a calcium gel is great for dry, brittle nails. Taking vitamins that contain vitamin A are great for your nails and hair. Getting a manicure will help harden the brittle nails. The presenting complaints of patients with brittle nails are often their inability to grow long nails and a description of their nails as soft, dry, weak, or easily breakable,” Nemtsenko stated.

Iron deficiency may cause spoon-shaped nails. One of the symptoms of brittle nails is frequent or easy breaking, cracking, splitting, or tearing of their nails. Actually, maintaining strong and healthy nails is not so difficult if you know your nail type. Knowing your nail type will also help you to go for the right treatment if you have any nail-related problems.”

The main cause of brittle nails is believed to be frequent hand washing and drying.

Here are some tips from an experienced nail technician Anastasia Popova, how to take treatment of you nails and some necessary steps you can take to get healthy nails.

“First of all, using too much nail polish and not cleaning the nail polish off every now and again to let your nails breathe can cause your nails to become weak and brittle. Using too much polish remover which can zap the moisture from your nails can also leave your nails brittle. Secondly, certain foods can be eaten to help strengthen your nails. Eating more cold water fish, like Salmon, Herring and Mackerel will also help your nails. The omega-6 fatty acids found in these types of fish is what helps cure your brittle nails. This B vitamin helps prevent the cracking and splitting that is common with brittle nails.

Even a 15 minute fragrant oil soak can do wonders for your nails. 

Apart from ingrown toenails, nail fungus is probably the most disagreeable nail problem. Other nail problems include brittle nails, which can be the result of age or too much or too little moisture, or nutritional deficiencies. And certain skin diseases can affect the nails, including psoriasis (it can cause a thickening and pitting of the nails) and the patchy hair loss known as alopecia areata (it can cause ridged, pitted, rough nails).

Foil fungus

• To fight stubborn nail fungus, try tea-tree oil. A powerful antiseptic, it can help make nail fungus disappear. When you do this, you’re removing your nail’s protective barrier. Beat brittle, flaking nails with your diet

• If your nails are brittle or flaking, try getting more essential fatty acids.
• If your nails have white spots, you may be deficient in zinc.
• For dry, brittle nails, rub petroleum jelly or a thick cream into your nails to hold moisture around and under your nails. Say no to fake nails

For women who have problems with weak, soft, brittle nails, artificial nails can seem like a godsend. But if you want to avoid nail fungus, forgo the fakes, no matter how much you long for elegant nails. Artificial nails are the most common cause of nail fungus in women.

Natural Nail "Dos" & "Don’ts"

Cuticles should be moisturized and groomed, nails should be properly trimmed, filed and protected.

Massaging the cuticle area also stimulates blood circulation, which helps nail growth.

* DON’T cut your cuticles. Unless you’re a trained nail tech, you can cause more harm than good because cuticles form barrier that protects the nail. Then use a soft-tipped cuticle pusher to gently push back the cuticles.

* DO shape your nails with a fine-grit cushion file. Coarse-grit files are designed for use on artificial nails, and are too harsh for natural nails. Avoid metal files; cushion files are gentler on the skin around your nails.

* DON’T saw your nails back and forth with a nail file; it can weaken the nail’s free edge. Use a four-way buffer to shape nails, remove ridges, smooth the nail surface and give nails a super shine without polish.

Too much buffing can cause friction, build up heat and weaken nails. Always use a super-fine-grit nail buffer to lightly smooth ridges. If you wear polish, apply a ridge-filler base coat first.

* DO revitalize fragile nails with a nail strengthening treatment.

* DO wear nail polish; it can help protect nails and prevent breakage.

* DON’T expose nails to household cleansers or harsh chemicals. Even prolonged exposure to fresh water can dry out nails and hands.


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