Treasured Habits to Better Nails
Our nails may not be the most prominent feature of our body, but they sure are an extension of ourselves. How you treat, manage, and present your nails will say a lot about you. And will speak volumes on how you value your own body and even yourself as a whole.
You might say, “Well, they’re just nails”. But you’ll actually be surprised to know that nails say a lot about your health and overall wellbeing. In fact, according to the American Academy of Dematology, how our nails look like could mirror our health condition.
So with no pressure intended, y might want to take notes, as here we have our 5 most treasured habits to better and healthier nails.
We tend to love the look of longer nails especially when we get to have a manicure. But the problem is, women often cut or nip their cuticles to get this desired effect. Unfortunately, messing with those cuticles cause real nail problems.
Cuticles act as your nails' defense against bacteria. It's basically your nails' protective system. So when you trim your cuticles here and there and in every chance you get, you are exposing your nails to infection.
Acute Paronychia is one of the infections you can get from excessive trimming of your cuticles. This is caused by a bacteria that enters your skin where cuticle injuries are found.
So consider pushing back your cuticles with a wooden pusher instead of cutting them. And when you've scheduled a nail appointment for the day, dab some oil on your cuticles. Oil can help protect your cuticles from harsh chemicals that are often used in manicures. You can use almond, coconut, or olive oil as options.
Dehydrated nails can cause the most damage to your nails. Your nails can become weaker and more brittle. Which literally means your nails can easily break.
How do nails become dehydrated? When you wash your hands or when you use hand sanitizers, your skin and nails then dry up. And with regular handwashing, your skin and nail bed are subject to dry off repeatedly.
So to avoid this, make sure you make an effort to moisturize after every wash. (If you possibly can, do so!) Rub your lotion or oil on your nails thoroughly, and pay special attention to your cuticles. Moisturizing can seem to be a daunting (/) additional task, but the moisture your nails get to have goes a long way.
3. Use Nail Hardeners
Our nails need reinforcement too! They’re not a hundred percent self-sustaining. So you should take measures to keep them strong and durable and able to withstand any nail damages that could occur in your lifetime.
You see, our nails are prone to breakages. As good and as pretty as your manicure is and as many hours you spend on that nail art, a weak nail foundation will pretty much ruin those for you.
So do consider nail hardeners. They are your best bet to prevent your nails from becoming weaker. Nail hardeners act as an agent to strengthen our nails with the use of key ingredients such as calcium and nail conditioners.
What we eat affects our body—our whole body—and yes, you’re right, even our nails. Nails are made up of different minerals, calcium and keratin included. So replenishing these minerals is an essential way of keeping our nails healthy.
We hope you learned a lot from this collection of our treasured nail care habits. Your nails do deserve your TLC! Do check out our Polish to Gel entry for more tips on how to keep your nails at their best.
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Whether you’re in your 30s or a teenager, you’re not immune to the troubles of acne. It’s a skin condition that has plagued millions of people since the dawn of time. Acne may be a normal part of
Doctors are warning the public that this acne is fast becoming resistant to antibiotic medication, urging them to prescribe long-term solutions rather than short-term ones. This, according to experts, means that acne would soon become
This was revealed through a study released at the British Association of Dermatologist’s Annual Conference.
Many acne sufferers
“Antibiotics remain an important part of acne
"As the NHS and advisory bodies get increasingly serious about the responsible use of antibiotics –“ said Matthew Gass of the British Association of Dermatologists, “ -- it's important for doctors to reflect on how they prescribe for such a common condition which relies so heavily on antibiotic usage.”
He added: "This study provides an important warning and will hopefully help healthcare professionals and patients alike."
Meanwhile, Dr. Jasmine
“Always cleanse your skin before going to bed,” Dr.
“Game of Thrones,” one of the most watched shows in the world, had just concluded its 6
During the first season, Daenerys Stormborn a.k.a.
How to do it:
2. House Sigil & Motto Nail Art
“Game of Thrones” is set in the fictional country, Westeros, where live the noble Houses of Lannister, Stark, Targaryen, Baratheon, Tyrell, Martell and others. These houses are central to the
The following nail art tutorial will show you how to wear these Westerosi house symbols and words on your nails:
Other House Sigil Nailspiration:
3. Other "GoT" inspired nail art designs
Not everyone is gifted with smooth, supple and bright skin. Some of us have to work extra hard to keep skin clear from acne, blackheads, whiteheads and other skin imperfections. For a lot of people, excessive oils are a main skin problem and for good reason! Because oily skin
Sure, that immaculate cupcake or a bite of that Belgian chocolate sounds so good after dinner or a stressful day at work but it may encourage more
This doesn’t mean you have to turn down your mom’s spaghetti though. You just need to practice moderation. Pasta, breads and baked foods that use enriched flour could lead to excessive production of the sebum (the oil that our skin produces). Instead of white bread and pasta, go for oats, brown rice and wheat bread instead.
This is probably one of the most difficult foods to give
To avoid or counter oily and acne-prone skin, here are some foods you need to eat:
We, mere mortals, will always find something to complain about regarding our skin. It may be the fact that you have oily skin, perhaps you’re prone to acne or else, suffer from flaky and dry skin. Whatever the problem is, there’s always a solution readily available and women with glowing, flawless skin have mastered the art of quick fixing their skin’s little quirks. Here are some secrets that women with flawless skin probably won’t tell you:
1. Skin Exfoliants Are Their Best Friend
Women who are well-versed with different types of skin care know that exfoliating applies to all – whether you have dry skin, oily skin or a combination of both. Sloughing off dead skin cells, excess oils and dirt is important because it keeps acne from developing. It’s also your go-to method if you want to brighten your skin in an instant.
2. They Clean Their Phones Everyday
I know, what’s a phone got to do with
3. Keep A Go-To Acne Treatment Close By
In cases of emergency, it’s always handy to have a drying sulfur solution or benzoyl peroxide nearby. This is something women with great skin have in their purse or bathroom cabinet. The secret is to apply the product
Master these secrets and you’d have flawless skin in no time!
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Before even applying a base coat for your nails, wipe it down using a cotton ball or Q-tip dipped in white vinegar. White vinegar washes away any natural dirt, oil and even chemicals that might prevent nail polish from truly clinging on to your cuticles. White vinegar is much gentler compared to a nail polish remover or other cuticle cleansers.
Soaking your nails in water softens
4. Apply top coat every 3 days
Nail polish is better protected and preserved if you “touch-up” every now and then. Apply a top coat, especially if you feel like you’ve done so much work that involves rubbing against your nails. Plus, applying top coat every 3 days or so keeps the color popping.
5. Don’t blow on your nails
It’s an age-old no-no – drying your nail polish by blowing air on it. The warm air from your mouth does the complete opposite – it keeps nail polish from completely drying. Instead, use a blow dryer on its coolest setting or use the
Follow these easy tips and you’ll always have pretty nails that you deserve!
In a country where
However, come August, the government of Ghana is set to ban all products that contain the bleaching ingredient,
“Concerning skin lightening products, we are saying that from August 2016, all products containing
Even in Hollywood today,
1. Rihanna (Singer)
2. Beyonce (Singer)
3. Nicki Minaj (Rapper)
4. Keri Hilson (Singer)
5. Sammy Sosa (Athlete)
Summer is coming and with it comes change! A change of wardrobe, change of sceneries and for nail art addicts – a change of nail art designs to complement the season. Whether or not you’re aiming for a two-week stay
1. Fruit salad
Tropical fruits mixed together is basically heaven! It’s a perfect choice for a cocktail or punch and even better when you eat them. Now, paint those fruits on your nails and you’ll be begging for another glass of four seasons
2. Kiwi is love <3
Now, let’s bring the focus solely on individual fruits – starting with Kiwi. Kiwi is a powerful anti-oxidant and can be a great weight-loss fruit. Plus, it’s bright green color makes a rather attractive and cheerful nail art design.
3. Watermelon = Hydration
Watermelon is sweet and watery (thus,
4. Going Bananas
Bananas are great mood-boosters and in the heat of the sun, we could all use a little fruit to keep us happy. For people who work out, bananas are recommended for speedier muscle recovery. With its bright yellow color, painting it on your nails and taking one look at it would instantly improve your mood, too!
5. Cocktail Party, Anyone?
But if you don’t have any of these tropical fruits