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close-up manicured handsWe use our hands every day, which is one reason why it’s important to keep them looking and feeling great. This includes your nails!

Taking care of your nails is just as vital as hair and skin care. Proper nail maintenance can help prevent fungus, bacterial infections and ingrown fingernails. To prevent these nail issues, here are a few tips to help you take proper care of them.

Boost Keratin & Biotin

Keratin plays a crucial role in your nail health, helping to protect and keep them strong. This protein makes the cells that form nail tissue. Keratin helps your nails grow, while preventing chipping and peeling. You can find this protein in foods like eggs, salmon, onions and kale.

Biotin is a vitamin that promotes the healthy cell growth and metabolism of amino acids that are essential for nail growth. If your nails are noticeably brittle, consider biotin-rich food such as lean meats, seeds and seafoods or take a biotin supplement.

Use the Right Products

Just like your hair, using the right products on your nails is essential. As one example, limit your use of nail polish remover. Too much can dehydrate the cuticles surrounding the skin, making it brittle.

The wrong products can cause the skin around your nails to become dry and irritated. Talk with your nail technician to determine which products are best for you.

Don’t Remove Cuticles

Nail biting is a common habit that can damage your nail beds. Biting can cause small cuts on your skin for bacteria to enter and lead to infection. Picking at your cuticles or pulling off a hang nail can also cause tiny cuts and openings for bacteria to penetrate.

Keeping your nails short and getting regular manicures can help prevent these negative habits from occurring. Our nail technicians will push back the cuticles and safely remove any loose skin or hangnails.

Practice Good Hygiene

In general, it’s important to practice good hygiene. This starts with washing your hands!
Lather soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, then apply moisturizer to prevent dry skin. Also drink plenty of water to help keep your skin hydrated from the inside out.
Be aware of the chemicals used in cleaning products. When washing dishes, consider wearing gloves to retain the natural oils and moisture in your skin and nails.
 
For more nail care tips or to schedule a manicure, contact Catherine and Company today!