That Manicured Look
Your fingernails can suffer when you expose them to cold conditions
and such harsh chemicals as cleaning products, detergents and strong
soaps, according to Columbia University in New York City.
As a result, your fingernails can become dry, irritated and weakened.
Healthy fingernails should be pink, firm and slightly lustrous. To
keep them that way, you need to protect them. Wear rubber gloves when
you use chemicals and cleaning products. Be conservative in your use of
nail polish, nail polish remover and other products such as nail
Regularly moisturize your fingernails and the surrounding skin. Use
lotions or creams that contain lactic, glycolic or malice acid.
Your diet can also affect your fingernails. You need to include
enough iron, calcium, silicon, protein, zinc, and vitamins A, B complex
and C in your diet for your nails to stay healthy.
A fingernail-friendly diet includes fresh fruits and vegetables,
legumes, whole grains, fish, lean meats, nuts, seeds and non- or
low-fat dairy products.
Remember that changes in fingernail appearance can also be caused by
skin diseases such as psoriasis and fungal infections and other
conditions, including genetic nail disorders and even skin cancer.