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June 2, 2016

It’s no secret that a major portion of femininity lies in the sleekness of our nails and hands. From cat like claws to business like squared nails, they not only say a lot about us but also are an indicator of how well we look after ourselves. After all, they can even be an indicator of our bodies’ physical health, all the way from anemia to lung conditions.

Strong, healthy nails are ultimately a source of pride for people of all genders. They make our hands look clean, elegant, and well maintained. Here are a few ways to make sure your nails stay long and strong, and forever pink.

nails-1. Skip the Mani-Pedi: Contrary to popular opinion, don’t go for regular manicures. The harsh chemicals normally used during the process may succeed in making you feel pampered and well cared for, but can actually strip away the protective layers over your nails and dry out your hands, and over time, harm the health and texture of both. To make up for it, learn to give yourself a manicure and use products that will be kind to your skin and nails. Your wallet will thank you too!

Speaking of chemicals, always keep a pair or two of rubber gloves around, and use them whenever you do any cleaning, whether you’re soaking the laundry or doing the dishes, or even a spot of gardening. You definitely want to keep the bleaches and dish soaps away from your hands.

2. Don’t bother with nail hardeners: Though you may find a lot of people swearing by these products, the fact of the matter is that they have not been studied in a lab to prove their claims, nor are the products tested over a long period of time. If you do find such a nail hardener, go for it, but don’t expect major results: they likely won’t work unless you have exceptionally weak nails. The bottom line is, nail hardeners make your nails less flexible, but flexibility is a sign of healthy nails, so don’t do something that will actually make your nails more brittle

3. Use a nail cream or oil: Or both. Concentrate the use of the nail cream on your cuticles along with your nail bed. Some oils and creams may claim to promote nail strength and growth, but in most cases, this remains to be proven. However, cuticle oils and creams serve to hydrate your nails and cuticles, which make them look smoother and healthier, and also protect from brittle nails. Be on the lookout for creams with silicone or MSM, as these nutrients are also associated with nail growth and strength.

4. Biotin supplements: Belonging to the B complex family, biotin is great for both your nails and hair. This supplement has been shown to increase nail thickness while also making it stronger and less prone to breaking, chipping, or splitting. The suggested dosage for biotin supplements is 2.5 mg on a daily basis.

5. Invest in high quality nail polish and polish removers: High levels of acetone in low quality products will do a lot of damage to your nails, especially if you are a fan of frequently applying nail paint. We don’t blame you for wanting beautiful nails, but invest in high quality products that use minimal amounts of acetone.

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