Embrace the sunny season while keeping your nails healthy and well kept. Growing your healthiest nails starts with our every day habits and holistic nail regime. Needless to say, well-groomed nails instantly make you look polished.
There are numerous ways to keep nails pretty and clean, sans heavy chemicals, products or multiple trips to the salon.
Here are top tips to keep your nails happy and healthy this summer season.
- Healthy Eating: Eating a well-balanced, vitamin-rich diet is vital. As vitamin deficiencies lead to weakened, brittle fingernails or pits in the nail. Don’t forget fish oil, primrose oil in your diet.
Well trimmed, buffed or filed nails looks groomed and keeps them happy glam.
Clean up: Regular hand washing is great for maintain clean nails, however some extra attention to by brushing baking soda and scrubbing under each nail. You may also add a few drops of lemon juice or peroxide or apple cider vinegar for a whitening or squeaky clean effect.
Protect your nails naturally by wearing gloves at home while doing chores, gardening, cooking or even cotton gloves outside if the weather permits.
Coconut oil or olive oil or butter are very hydrating, prevents nail infections and can help strengthen your nails and soften the cuticles.
Use honey as an anti bacterial, can help keep your nails and cuticles nourished, hydrated and supple. Using honey & lemon nail mask for brighter nails, soft cuticles.
Dip your hands in rose water, or massage your nails with yogurt and avocado for some summer hydration.
Stack up on carrier oils like grape seed and carrot seed are hydrating, vitamin E oil is strengthening. And for essential oils, tea tree and cypress oils are antibacterial.
Beauty Guru Blossom Kochar gives us some more nail care pointers below.
“How will you protect your nails and skin? One looks for oils, moisturisers, home remedies, etc. But one thing that most of the time gets neglected is “actual nails”.
While being outdoors, our nails are regularly stained with dust, bacteria and harsh weather conditions for at least a few hours. This can spoil all your nail art, nail extensions, French manicure, or even plain nails. No one wants those dry, brittle, multi-coloured, dirty nails.
Here we will share some easy home remedies that will help you to easily clean your nails at home without spending a massive sum of money.
Dip in cold water: After being outdoors, the first thing that you must do is dip your nails in cold water or room temperature water. Take a bowl filled with cold or room temperature water, squeeze 1 or 2 lemons in it and leave the squeezed lemons also in the bowl. Soak your nails in cold water for up to 10 minutes and keep rubbing softly with lemons. Bleaching agents present in lemons will help clean colours from your nails and hands.
Vinegar Dip: Take 3 to 4 spoons of vinegar in a bowl and dip your nails in it for up to 5 minutes. Take a cotton ball and start rubbing your nails with it. Dip cotton in vinegar and keep rubbing on your nails. The high content of citrus present in vinegar will remove the stubborn colours, bacteria, dead skin from your nails. But this can also dry your nails excessively. Use natural cuticle conditioners to help nourish, hydrate and strengthen the nails.
Clear nail paint with almond oil: Apply clear nail paint onto your nails. Take a bowl filled with lukewarm water and add few drops of Almond Oil in it. Slowly start rubbing your nails. This will help to take off colours from nails easily and regain the moisture lost by nails while being outdoors or daily chores.
Orange peel powder or Dry Mango powder: Both dry mango powder and orange peel powders have bleaching and exfoliation properties. You can use either of them or both and make a fine paste with water. Apply this mixture on your nails and leave for 10 minutes, wet your fingers and slowly start exfoliating your nails with it and rinse off with cold water. After this, use Olive Oil to give deep nourishment to the nails. After the prep, you can apply a thick coat of dark-coloured nail paint. Apply rich moisturiser on nails and arms or feet.”