Everyone wants shiny, pink, beautiful nails. But not everyone has the money to afford repeated manicures. Manicures are not just expensive, they can damage your nails in the long run while temporarily making them look pretty.
If you are looking for simple ways to give your nails a healthy shine, you are in luck. We have compiled 5 fool-proof ways you can achieve the most perfect nails at home. These tips will also make your nails stronger.
1. Eat Healthily
You can apply the most stunning nail color, and feel great about your nails. But the truth is, nail color can only make your nails look great temporarily. If your diet is unhealthy, your nails will be unhealthy, and hence not very nice to look at.
Eat foods that are rich in biotin, vitamin E, zinc, hydrochloric acid, and protein. Consume yogurt at least once every day. And of course, drink plenty of water; you don’t want your nails to get dry and brittle.
2. Avoid Excessive Water Exposure
While moisture is important, over-hydrating your nails can make them soft and prone to peeling and breaking, by expanding your nail beds.
While doing the dishes or the laundry, wear gloves. This will also protect your nails from the harsh chemicals in detergents that can dehydrate and harm your nails. Also, make sure you don’t stay in the shower for too long.
3. Petroleum Jelly Works Great
Yes, it does! A great trick to achieve shiny nails is to whip put your trusty old petroleum jelly. Massage a little onto your nails and cuticles after you take a shower, and before you hit the bed. It’s not just your skin that needs a moisturizer, your nails need it too.
4. Don’t Apply Nail Polish Too Often
This might be tough if you love coloring your nails frequently. But if you want to retain their natural shine, it’s best you stop. Nail polishes can make your nails look dull and yellow, and also make them brittle. They contain many damaging chemicals and don’t allow your nails to breathe.
5. Use Olive Oil
Natural remedies do a better job in making your nails shiny than a top coat nail lacquer would, and they have no harmful effects. If your nails are damaged, nail lacquer would make them worse, but olive oil would heal them. The linoleic acid in olive oil helps lock in moisture and retain the natural glow of your nails. Olive oil will also nourish your cuticles.
All you have to do is warm some olive oil in a bowl, and dip your nails in it for 5 minutes, massage the oil on your nails for a few minutes, and wipe it away with a towel. Do this every day to see excellent results.
While we have elaborate skincare routines, we might be ignoring our nails. They need proper care and love as well, so don’t forget to follow these tips.