Fingernail Health

Fingernail health will keep you from suffering from some painful tissue conditions. Get those long fingernails you've always wanted, it isn't too difficult if you take some simple precautions.

Long fingernails have been the envy of women for ages and research is still being done today to find a way to create the perfect nail tonic that will turn dry, cracked and brittle nails into long, strong beauties in two weeks or less. As of right now, there are no real miracle applications to make this happen or wed all be running around with three inch nails asking the guys to pick things up for us and open our soda cans. There are, however, a few ways you can build up the strength of your nails, get them to grow a bit and maybe keep them from splitting or breaking so easily.

One of the natural enemies of fingernails is water. Water softens up the fingernails and makes them prime target for disaster. Couple water with a vigorous activity such as cleaning, scrubbing, scraping, washing dishes, doing laundry, etc. and you may as well kiss your nails goodbye. When you clean, wear rubber gloves no matter what. Even if your task will only take a minute or two, don those gloves. Rubber gloves keep your nails dry and they protect them from activities that normally cause nail breakage, like taking wet laundry from the washing machine.

At night, you can condition your nails while you sleep. Get some white cotton gloves and before you go to bed, slather on a generous amount of hand cream and put the gloves on over it. This well help condition your nails to make them more flexible and as an added bonus, your hands will be baby soft!

What you put inside your body can be just as important as what you do to the outside of it. If you want to have good strong nails, you have to be sure you are getting good nutrition. Calcium is a necessary nutrient for strong fingernails and you need plenty of vitamin D to help your body absorb it. When women are pregnant the often find their nails growing better than ever before, this is because of the bodies increased ability to absorb nutrients during this time.

Finally, never bite your nails and do not use them as tools. Nails can be great for picking off stickers, etc. but if you use them like letter openers, they are going to disappear faster than you can grow them.


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Posted by Maggie on Fri, Jun 17th, 2011
There are problems with using rubber gloves. if used very frequently they cause the skin to sweat as it cannot breathe and can cause even more problems than exposure to water. Sweating causes the skin to stay wet inside the gloves and nails and fingers can become soggy. Nails can therefore split and crack. the answer is to find some fine cotton gloves to wear inside rubber gloves. These will absorb sweat inside the rubber gloves keeping nails dry.
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Posted by nikitha on Tue, Aug 31st, 2010
ya....i hope its useful..but my nails often break without biting also..there is no strenght in nails..and shape is also not good..can u give any remedy...
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Posted by maxine cartwrrrrright on Sun, Aug 15th, 2010
I have one nail that continuesly break off or tears almost as soon a it gets to filing length. for 10 years.
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Posted by Liz Templar on Sat, Jul 3rd, 2010
I'm doing up my house - using sandpaper, getting paint and turps on my hands - also doing a lot of gardening. Then I    wonder why my nails are a disaster zone! I do use gloves - but only half the time, and never give my hands any real TLC - just a quick rub over with lotion when I remember. Now I'm determined to do better. Thanks!
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Posted by AudrI on Sun, Jan 3rd, 2010
W O W....WHAT AN EXCELLENT SOURCE OF INFORMATION....RIGHT TO THE POINT....3 PARAGRAPHS AND FREE
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Posted by abinaya on Fri, Mar 20th, 2009
to make your nail look shining. take a cup of hot water mix rose water in it with honey. keep your nails soked in to it for 15 min. do this for a week u will see your nails glowing with out polish
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Posted by Roxy on Wed, Nov 26th, 2008
Never cut your nails always file them to achieve length. ALWAYS file your nails in one direction do not saw them back and forth like lumber. Do not buff the tops of your nails either. Your nails will be thin if you buff the tops and they will crack if cut or filed in both directions. Do not wear    sculptured nails . They tear away the surface of your natural nail and make them brittle.
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Posted by tp on Sun, Oct 12th, 2008
dis thing really helpz fankz so much i luv d idea
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Posted by sandra astill on Sat, Sep 13th, 2008
thank you for your very useful tips i am gong to give them a try
sandra.
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Posted by Amanda on Mon, Sep 1st, 2008
this helped so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thanks!
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