For many people, having beautiful nails on your hands or feet is an essential part of looking good. Healthy, strong nails and a good manicure or pedicure can make so much difference to your self-confidence.
They are also a noticeable way to make a good first impression on someone such as on a date or for a job interview.
A manicure doesn’t just leave you looking good – you can feel completely calm and relaxed after indulging yourself in a luxurious manicure. And here are some great ways you can give yourself an awesome manicure without putting harsh chemicals on your hands or breaking the bank.
A weekly manicure is ideal to keep your nails in their tip-top shape and you should use a good hand moisturizer daily. For some great healthy and natural things you can eat or apply directly to your hands to nourish them, you will love exploring the following options and will still feel beautifully indulged.
Natural products to eat for beautiful healthy nails
Your nails are nourished by the same sorts of things that will strengthen your bones. If your nails are weak and brittle, this is a little insight into the condition of your bones and should let you know when you need to change your diet a little.
Foods that are high in protein are great for the strength of your nails because your nails are basically made of protein. Good sources include meat, chicken, seafood, eggs, nuts and green leafy vegetables.
Biotin is an essential ingredient in food for good nails. Studies have shown that biotin increases the strength of nails as well as making them thicker, less brittle and less prone to splitting. Good sources of biotin include eggs and beans, but one of the best is tomatoes (which are also high in vitamin A and C, also good for your nails).
Calcium is also important for strong nails so eat up big on dairy, green vegetables or calcium-fortified plant-based milk products like almond or soy.
Salmon is a good food for nails because it is high in protein, has bone-building vitamin D and the superpowers of Omega-3 fatty oils as well as healthy B12.
Elements like copper, zinc, and magnesium are also all good for lovely nutritious nails. For good sources of these elements look for oats and seeds like sunflower seeds.
Health food and Supplements
If you are struggling to get the nutrients you need form diet alone then there are supplements designed specifically to help you.
Look for the following magical ingredients in any supplement which you want to help grow and strengthen your nails:
- A biotin supplement can really help your nails along
- Also look for zinc, iron, folic acid, vitamin C and cysteine
- Recent research indicates that taking collagen peptides can also encourage nail growth and prevents breakage
- Nettle leaf is another herbal ingredient to look for in supplements that will boost your nail health. Drinking nettle tea is also helpful and has been a natural remedy for thousands of years.
- Horsetail is another herb chock full of nail-strengthening vitamins and minerals.
- Vitamin E capsules are also recommended
Some great supplement blends have been created for nails, usually good for nourishing your bones, skin, and hair at the same time. Solgar makes a fantastic Skin, Nails and Hair Formula, and another good value for money product is FutureBiotics Hair, Skin and Nails.
Products you can use on your hands and feet
Many products for your nails can be high in harsh man-made chemicals, which can strip your nails of nutrients and natural oils, as well as almost make you pass out from the strong smell. Interestingly (or perhaps frighteningly) the EPA classifies nail polish as household hazardous waste (like paint) and should be carefully disposed of.
You should try to avoid the following ingredients:
- Formaldehyde and formaldehyde resin
- Dibutyl phthalates
But there are incredible natural products which work just as well for beautiful nails and don’t have any of the harsh effects. They are also fantastic if you have sensitive skin or suffer from a condition like eczema.
Natural topical products for healthy nails
This marvelous product can almost do anything, including soften your hands and feet and strengthen your nails. You only need the tiniest amount and it is absorbed easily into the skin and nails, replenishing the natural oil.
Coconut oil mimics much of the human body’s vitamins and nutrients.
Other oils which are also fantastic:
- Olive oil (lovely mixed with a little lemon juice and rubbed into your nails)
- Flaxseed oil
- Vitamin E oil
- Tea-tree oil
For best results, massage one of these gorgeous oils into your nails for a few minutes before you go to sleep. A nice finger massage not only encourages growth but leaves you feeling wonderfully relaxed.
Soaks which will feed your nails
Try one of these intriguing mixes to soak your nails in for 10-15 minutes to help strengthen as well as remove discoloration and even kill fungal conditions:
- Orange juice
- Beer (mix with a little olive oil and apple cider vinegar)
- Dead Sea salt and water (add a few drops of one of the oils listed above as well)
- Apple cider vinegar
Nail polish and nail polish remover
There are some awesome chemical free and even vegan lines of products to finish off your nails, including SpaRitual and Rejuvacote. Others that are recommended even for children and sensitive skin include Aquarella, Honeybee Garden, Piggy Paint and Suncoat.
Tips to take care of your nails
- Keep your nails clean and dry as possible. Don’t soak them in hot water any more than you need to.
- Don’t bite your nails.
- Keep them regularly trimmed
- Don’t use your nails to open things
- Don’t chip off your old nail polish
- Go easy on the hand sanitizer as it can dry your nails out
- Moisturise your hands daily
- File your nails in one direction only
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