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Do's and Don'ts for Healthy Nails

Do's and Don'ts for Healthy Nails

Fingernail care: Do's To keep your fingernails looking their best: Keep fingernails dry and clean. This prevents bacteria from growing under your fingernails. Repeated or prolonged contact with water can contribute to split fingernails. Wear cotton-lined rubber gloves when washing dishes, cleaning or using harsh chemicals. Practice good nail hygiene. Use a sharp manicure scissors or clippers. Trim your nails straight across, then round the tips in a gentle curve. Use moisturizer. When you use hand lotion, rub the lotion into your fingernails and cuticles, too. Apply a protective layer. Applying a nail hardener might help strengthen nails. Ask your doctor about biotin. Some research...

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Tips for healthy nails

Tips for healthy nails

Keep nails clean and dry. Cut nails straight across. Use sharp nail scissors or clippers. Round the nails slightly at the tips for maximum strength. Keep nails shaped and free of snags by filing with an emery board. Do not bite fingernails or remove the cuticle. Doing so can damage the nail. Do not use your nails as a tool, such as opening pop cans. Trim toenails regularly. Keeping them short will minimize the risk of trauma and injury. When toenails are thick and difficult to cut, soak your feet in warm salt water. Mix one teaspoon of salt per pint of water and...

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