‘Keratin’ is the protein composed of laminated layers that grow from the area at the base of nails under its cuticle, as that of hair.
Healthy finger & toenails are uniform in color, without pits or grooves, smooth, and free of spots or discoloration. Fingernails grow faster than toenails, about one-tenth of an inch each month. But sometimes it grows even slower.
Having an awesome nails definitely adds beauty to our hands and feet. Plus, healthy nail reflects the state of overall health.
Nail care: Do’s and Don’ts
• Observe good nail hygiene. Use a sharp and clean manicure scissors or clippers to trim the nails then round the tips in a gentle curve.
• Keep fingernails/toenails dry and clean. This prevents bacteria from growing under. Repeated or prolonged contact with water can contribute to split nails. When washing dishes or clothes or cleaning/using harsh chemicals better wear cotton-lined rubber gloves.
• Use moisturizer when necessary. 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.
• Try some home remedies for healthy nails. Before going to bed, apply warm olive oil, or coconut oil, or rosemary oil, whichever you prefer, gently massage to soften and relax the muscles in your hands/feet, including the nails.
• Ask your doctor about vitamins or supplements. Some research suggests that the nutritional supplement like Vitamin H, also known as ‘biotin’ will help strengthen weak or brittle nails.
Vitamin H or Biotin encourages healthy nails and so with hair as it improves the keratin in it.
The foods that are rich in biotin are eggs, carrots, whole grains, oats, salmon, almonds, tomatoes, cauliflower, soybeans, lentils, walnuts, strawberries, and milk.
Hence, if nail conditions are not normal, such as changes in color, shape (becomes curled nails), thinning or thickening, bleeding around the nails, swelling or anything painful, better consult a Dermatologist.