The following are some tips for achieving and maintaining healthy, attractive fingernails and toenails:
- Keep your nails and hands well moisturized. Moisturizers containing collagen and vitamin E are especially good for the nails. They are most effective if put on after soaking your nails in warm water and patting dry.
- File your nails in one direction only, not back and forth. a Keep toenails clipped straight across, not curved or pointed, to avoid ingrown toenails. Also, do not clip toenails too short or clip them in at the sides.
- Use a fine-textured emery board, not a metal nail file. Metal files are hard on the nails.
- Moisturize and gently push back your cuticles. Do not cut them. a Do not manicure your nails too frequently or apply nail products too often.
- If you have sensitive skin and nails, look for fragrance-free and formaldehyde-free polishes and non-acetone polish removers.
- If you wear polish, let your nails go "bare" for a few days each month to let the air get to them.
- Use protective cotton-lined vinyl gloves to wash dishes, work with cleansers, or work in the garden.
- Never bite your nails. Do not use them as prying tools.