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You have to admit it: even the most sophisticated look can be ruined by dirty or broken nails. To have a truly healthy and sleek look, give your nails some precious care—after all, they deserve it. The secret to beautiful feet and hands is upkeep. Taking care of your nails should always be part of your beauty routine, whether you like to wear nail polish or not. If you see Cardi B’s nails, they are always super dramatic, but the only reason she can continue with those beautiful stick ons, is  because she takes care of her nails. Here’s how to be on that level:

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Eat healthily

Whatever you eat directly reflects on our nails. So, it becomes essential to replenish them, which you can do so by an adequate supply of calcium, vitamin A and vitamin C. Try drinking plenty of milk and water and eat milk products like cheese and yoghurt. Eggs, green leafy vegetables such as spinach, carrots, almonds are your friends and are good supplements to your diet. If nails seem to discolour they indicate a vitamin deficiency.

Keep your nails clean

You must keep your nails clean and take out time to wash in and around your nails. Soak them in warm soapy water and use a soft brush to clean them. This will not only clean your nails but will prevent any types of infections which occur due to germs and dirt accumulations. The dead skin around the nails can be removed with the help of a pumice stone. A regular manicure will also help in getting rid of dead skin accumulation around your nails. Try to keep your nails dry because if they remain wet there will be the formation of bacteria or fungi.

Try not to use nail hardeners

Nail hardeners do more damage than good. Unless nails are exceptionally weak and fragile, you won’t benefit from a nail hardener. Healthy nails are flexible nails and to keep yours from breaking, avoid anything that makes them more brittle.

Stop getting manicures done daily

Women who get manicures frequently suffer from chronic nail bed infections and puffy, reddened areas around the base of the nail. The area around your nail bed should be flat when you look from sideways. If it’s puffy, that’s evidence of a chronic infection. In order to reduce this problem take your own tools to the manicure. This will definitely cut down on the risk of infections and help ensure a healthier experience

Stop overdoing hand washing

While it is considered healthy to wash your hands frequently but overdoing it may cause serious problems to your nails. If you are in a profession where frequent hand washing is mandatory then you should use moisturizer as often as possible and rub a little extra around the cuticles several times a day. Also when doing household chores like laundry or washing utensils try to minimize contact with harsh chemicals like washing powder and dishwashing chemicals by wearing gloves whenever it is possible.

Moisturize your nails and cuticle

Moisturizing your nails will help nails grow and make cuticles look better and help protect nails from breaking due to a lack of moisture. If your nails are breaking every now and then, it could mean they need moisture and putting oil or cream around the cuticle helps moisturize the entire nail, which will reduce the incidence of chipping, cracking, and splitting. Olive oil is one of the great moisturizers for healthy nails and before going to bed you can use this oil to keep your nails well moisturized.

By Damilola Faustino

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