Things you must do while grooming your nails

Things you must do while grooming your nails
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Things you must do while grooming your nails

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Nail trimming or grooming is not a style statement but an essential part of hygiene and self-care routines

Nail trimming or grooming is not a style statement but an essential part of hygiene and self-care routines. Clean and trimmed nails promote wellbeing by harbouring fewer germs and dirt. Regular manicures don't just keep the nails in proper shape but also strengthen your nails. However, it is important to know basic nail care techniques so as to avoid any unnecessary injuries or infections. Nail clipping mistakes can cause problems like onycholysis, hangnails, ingrown nails (mostly in toes) etc. Here are some important tips that everyone should follow while trimming the nails

Avoid cutting nails in odd shapes

Trimming or filing the nails into pointy, almond, square or other shapes can weaken the nails. Weak nails increase the risk of breaking or chipping and may even hurt you. So, trim the nails straight across from one end to the other, file the corners a little bit rounder.

Never cut your nails when they are dry

Dry nails are harder and clipping them can be tougher. You cut deep or the cutting may not be smooth or shaped well if they are dry. Instead, soak your nails in warm water for a few minutes to soften your nails before clipping them.

Don't cut the cuticle

Cuticles are the thin strip of tissue present at the base of the nail bed. They protect the nail roots and prevent any germs from getting inside the nail. Never cut them with a nail clipper as that may cause hangnails or infections. Instead, use a cuticle pusher to push them back and you can scrape the dead skin around them. You can also use cuticle oil to keep them hydrated.

Clean the nail cutter with sanitizer

It is best not to share your nail care tools but if you are using common ones, then you must disinfect the tools before and after using them. This will help reduce your chances of getting an infection. You can clean them with an alcoholic sanitizing solution and scrub the tools using a brush soaked in sanitizer. Let them dry before using.

Don't cut your nails too short

Cutting the nails too short can expose the nail bed. This can be very painful and it may even cause bleeding. A break in the skin of your hand brings with it the risk of infections. So, it is recommended that you trim the nails short but never cut them deep enough to expose the nail bed. You can also just file the nails if your nails are too short to be cut.

Use Moisturiser after cutting nails

Trimming or filing nails can make the nails lose moisture, making them dehydrated. This can worsen with age and the nails may become hard and lose their smooth texture. To protect your nails from drying, always apply a hand moisturizer after cutting your nails and gently massage it into your nails and cuticles.

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