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Take a close look at your fingernails. Are they strong and healthy looking? Or are they dirty, and unhealthy?  Many less than desirable nail conditions can be avoided through proper fingernail care. Here’s  a list of dos and donts of nail care

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Dos of Finger Nail Care:

Practice good nail hygiene: Use a sharp manicure scissors or clippers. Trim your nails straight across, then round the tips in a gentle curve.

Keep fingernails dry and clean: This prevents bacteria from growing under your fingernails. Repeated or prolonged contact with water can contribute to split fingernails. Wear cotton-lined rubber gloves when washing dishes, cleaning or using harsh chemicals.

Use moisturizer: When you use hand lotion, rub the lotion into your fingernails and cuticles, too.

Apply a protective layer: Applying a nail hardener might help strengthen nails.

Ask your doctor about biotin. Some research suggests that the nutritional supplement biotin might help strengthen weak or brittle fingernails.

Don’ts of Finger Nail Care:

Bite your fingernails or pick at your cuticles. These habits can damage the nail bed. Even a minor cut alongside your fingernail can allow bacteria or fungi to enter and cause an infection.

Pull off hangnails. You might rip live tissue along with the hangnail. Instead, carefully clip off hangnails.

Use harsh nail care products. Limit your use of nail polish remover. When using nail polish remover, opt for an acetone-free formula.

Ignore problems. If you have a nail problem that doesn’t seem to go away on its own or is associated with other signs and symptoms, consult your doctor or dermatologist for an evaluation.

By: Dammy Eneli

See Also: Tips for Living With Long Acrylic Nails

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