Every woman dreams of having a set of nails that look beautiful naturally, without any nail paint or nail art designs.
But growing healthy and strong nails is not as easy as painting them to make them look presentable! Just like skincare, nail care, too, requires a lot of efforts. If you find it hard to keep your bare nails looking their best, we are here to your rescue with these 9 tips that you can follow to get stronger and healthier nails easily! Keep on scrolling to get to know about them.
9 Tips You Should Follow To Get Stronger & Healthier Nails
1. Toss Those Cheap, Chemical-Filled Nail Polishes
You might be penny-pinching by purchasing cheap nail polishes from the market - without taking a look at their ingredients and making sure whether they are non-toxic or not. Well, this negligence can cost you big time!
Using nail polishes filled with the “bad-5s”:- DBP, toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and camphor, is a total no-no! Such chemicals weaken your nails in the long run and lead to their staining. Furthermore, inhaling the fumes of such chemicals can have a bad impact on your respiratory health too. This is why, while buying a nail polish, you should always make sure that it is a 5-free one.
5-free nail polishes are formulated without the use of “bad-5s” we mentioned above. Our DeBelle Gel Nail Lacquers aren't just 5-free, but they also come with the natural benefits of seaweed extracts that allow your nails to breathe and help with the nail growth.
2. Ditch Your Metal Nail Filer For A Glass One
Nail filer is an essential tool for those who love keeping their nails long. It smoothes out the edges of the nails and gives them a uniform shape. There are various types of nail filers available in the market, but metal nail filers are the most common one. However, metal nail filers can be really hard on natural nails, especially if your nails are thin and weak! They are only meant to be used on gel or acrylic nails. So ditch your metal nail filer for a glass filer.
A glass nail filer might not be within your budget, but it is known to seal the keratin layers in the nails, hence preventing chipping and cracks on them. You can consider it your investment towards healthier nails!
Having said that, we would also suggest that you avoid the use of metal cuticle scrapers/pushers. Their frequent use creates dents on the nails while also hurting the nail bed. It is better to use an orange wood stick to push your cuticles, that too after applying an oil or moisturizer over the cuticles to soften them first.
3. Nourish Your Nails With Jojoba Oil
YouTuber Cristine Rotenberg of SimplyNailLogical, who is famous for her long nails and stunning nail art designs, recommends using 100% pure Jojoba Oil to nourish the nails and encourage their healthy growth. There might be a ton of nourishing oils out there, but Jojoba oil is an ideal pick for your nails!
The reason? Jojoba oil is said to repair the damaged collagen matrix present within the nail bed. Furthermore, since this lightweight oil has antifungal properties, it can also help to treat nail fungus or any kind of bacterial infection around your nails that might be affecting the health of your nails.
4. Get An Acetone Free Nail Polish Remover
Acetone is a solvent which removes all traces of nail polish from the nails. And since it is very effective at what it does, it ends up leaving your nails dry and brittle. Its frequent use is also linked to weakening of the nail bed. This is why most manicurists or nail specialists suggest avoiding its usage.
When asked about the bad effects of acetone on nails, New York-based dermatologist and nail specialist, Dana Stern, told huffpost: "Super dry, damaged nails will get drier and more brittle with acetone exposure,"
“Polish remover significantly dries out the nail, leading to brittleness, splitting, peeling and breakage” she further added.
So the bottom line is, stop using nail polish removers that have acetone as the main ingredient in them - especially if you already have weak and brittle nails.
For more such tips, do check out our post about How To Strengthen Your Nails At Home.
5. Eat Healthy
A well-balanced diet full of proteins and zinc is a must for healthier nails. In our daily lives, most of us millennials are more inclined towards consuming oily, junk foods or packaged foods that mostly have zero nutrition. Our infamous “millennials' eating habits” deprive our body of essential nutritive compounds that our body requires, not just for our inner health, but for our outer appearance too!
If you feel that your poor diet might be the reason behind your thin and weak nails, then you should try and include food items rich in proteins + zinc in your diet to ensure healthy growth of your nails. There are plenty of healthy and delicious foods that are beneficial for the health of your nails, e.g.omega-3 fatty acids rich salmon, yummy berries, nutritive leafy greens, etc.
You can also consider taking zinc or biotin supplements to boost your nail health, with your doctor's advice.
6. Use A Base Coat Nail Polish
A base coat acts like a protective barrier between your nails and the nail polish. It keeps your nails from getting stained by dark nail polish shades. Moreover, if you feel that your nail polish chips very easily, using a base coat will increase its longevity as it makes the nail polish adhere to your nails better.
And if you have brittle nails with ridges or dents, a base coat nail polish is a total boon for you since it smoothes out the nails’ surface and preps them up for the nail polish.
The newly launched DeBelle Top & Base Coat, enriched with Argan Oil, gives your nails a high-shine, glossy finish and a boost of nourishment. It serves a dual purpose by preparing your nails for the manicure and sealing your manicure in to ensure its longevity while also promoting your nail's wellness with the liquid gold - argan oil. Grab the DeBelle Top & Base Coat on discount here.
7. Minimize Your Nails' Exposure To Water
Ever noticed how squishy and soft your nails become when you are freshly out of the shower? It is all due to your nails’ prolonged exposure to water during the shower.
Every time you immerse your hands in water, your nails absorb it and become softer as well as more prone to bending. The cleaning products that we use in our daily lives, like shampoos, face washes or laundry detergents are not any less forgiving on the nails!
So if you want to grow strong and healthy nails, minimize their exposure to water and cleaning products with harsh chemicals. Wear rubber gloves to protect your nails while doing the dishes or laundry and once you are freshly out of the shower, be extra careful with your nails! Try not to use them as tools and make sure to nourish your nails with jojoba oil or a hand cream while you follow up with your regular after-shower skincare routine.
8. Try This Lemon + Olive Oil Nail Soak
If you love taking care of your appearance, a weekly facial session must be always in your to-do list to pamper your skin with! But do you have the same kind of weekly pampering ritual for your nails too? Well, you can start it now with this all natural nail soak!
You will need:
- Half a bowl of warm water, make sure that the bowl you take is big enough to dip your hands in.
- Half lemon juice
- 1-2 teaspoons of olive oil
- 1 teaspoon of salt
Stir up these ingredients well, soak your nails in the concoction for 5-10 minutes and gently pat your hands dry with a towel afterward. Follow this ritual once or twice a week to get healthy looking nails ASAP.
9. Rub Garlic On Your Nails
Being power packed with over 200 natural chemical compounds, garlic is a highly potent ingredient that you can make use of for strengthening your nails. It contains a mineral called selenium that assists the nails with their growth and makes them stronger. You can either rub a slice of garlic clove directly on your nails or dab garlic juice on them. Its odor might be too unpleasing for your nose, but it can be supremely beneficial for your nails! To get rid of its odor, you can simply dip your nails in lemon juice for a while.