"Your nails are a way to speak your style without having to say a word" - Tammy Taylor
Have you ever looked at someone's bare nails and wondered how they are so perfect without any nail polish on? Do they treat their nails with some expensive manicure at a nail salon or are they just blessed with good-looking natural nails?
Well, obtaining long and healthy natural nails is not that hard if you take proper care of them at your home itself. So drop the idea of shelling out your money on expensive nail salons to keep your nails looking at their best. The right nail care regime will repair your nails and make them look healthy even without any polish. Here is how you can maintain healthy nails by using natural products and making certain lifestyle changes!
How To Maintain Healthy Nails
1. Use A Cuticle Oil
To keep your nails and cuticles in good health, use a nourishing cuticle oil at least twice a day. If you use one with potent natural ingredients, it will help you to protect your nails and strengthen the nail bed.
You can make your cuticle oil at home, all you will need is -
- Olive Oil
- Almond Oil
- Jojoba Oil
- Vitamin E Capsules
- Fragrance (optional)
Mix all the oils in a container along with the content of Vitamin E capsules. For fragrance, you can add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to it. This concoction of nourishing ingredients will soften your cuticles and repair dry, brittle nails.
Don't have these ingredients handy? You can use our DeBelle Body Lotion to gently massage your cuticles and get the benefits of its exotic natural ingredients for your nails.
Aside from a nourishing cuticle oil, you should also make use of a nail hardener polish that would keep your nails protected and also make them more resistant to breakage! The newly launched DeBelle Nail Hardener is nourished with argan oil aka the "liquid gold" that promotes nail's wellness and conditions the nail bed naturally.
2. Strengthen Your Nails With Sea Salt And Lemon Juice Soak
Nail soaks are a lot like your weekly face masking ritual that you do for your skin, and they are also as important. They can aid in the growth of your nails and also remove stains on the nails. Here is how to prepare a nail soak:-
- Take one tbsp of sea salt and one tbsp of lemon juice in a bowl of warm water.
- Soak your nails in this solution for about 10 minutes and take them
- Pat dry your nails and follow it up with cuticle oil.
The sea salt in this nail soak will help to lock in the moisture into your nails while the lemon juice will make them appear brighter by removing any stains on them. You can do this once or twice a week for better results.
3. Avoid Nail Polishes That Contain Harsh Chemicals
Certain types of chemicals present in nail polishes can be damaging to your nails. They can cause yellowing and staining which may look extremely unappealing when you don’t have any polish on your nails.
Switch to our 5-free, seaweed enriched DeBelle Gel Nail Lacquers that allow your nails to breath and prevent them from turning yellow or getting stained! You can wear your favourite nail colours on your tips without worrying about getting them stained or harming their growth. Prep your nails for the exciting nail colours with our argan oil enriched Nail Primer and Top & Base Coat. The nail primer will help you to fill-in any ridges or dents on your nails, creating a smooth surface for your nail polish. On the other hand, the Top & Base Coat will help your nail polish last longer - without any chips or fading.
Also read: What Is A 5-free Nail Polish?
4. Stay Away From UV Gel Nail Polishes
UV Lamps are typically used to quickly dry gel manicures. They emit harmful UVA rays that can cause premature skin aging and skin cancer. So limit the use of UV Lamps as much as you can. If you are fond of gel manicures, then you can try our gel-based nail lacquers that are quick-drying and don't require a UV Lamp! They give a high shine to your nails and provide the same finish and feel of UV gel nail manicures done in salons.
5. Don't Over Buff Your Nails
Extensive nail buffing leads to brittle nails as well as weak nail beds. It makes them prone to breaking by affecting their surface! So use the buffer only when it is absolutely necessary and choose one which is not that gritty.
6. Eat Protein-Rich Foods
Unhealthy looking nails can be a sign that your body is lacking in certain essential nutrients! Consume protein rich fruits and vegetables like Apricots, Guavas, Peas, Spinach etc, to derive their benefits for your nails! For more information on nail-boosting foods, you can read this article by health.com.
Also check out our article: 9 Tips You Should Follow To Get Stronger & Healthier Nails
Don’t forget, having a nail care routine is as important as having a skin care routine if you desire for long, beautiful and shiny natural nails. Make sure to always use only good quality nail lacquers that would not cause any harm to your nails. Shop your favourite DeBelle shades here.