Nail Care Home Remedies for Shiny Nails

Healthy, shiny nails don't happen overnight. They require a nail care routine and plenty of time. But the reward? Worth.
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Feb. 12
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Cherie is an online community of beauty lovers sharing their stories; whether that's their favorite products, makeup tutorials, or skincare routines. Download the app today to be a part of #BeautyWithoutBarriers and show the world what beauty means to you!Margot Robbie once said, "all your mannerisms change easily when you have inch-long acrylic nails." We agree. Strong, healthy nails make you feel fierce! Whether you are a dedicated manicure girl, a lover of acrylics, an au-natural style goddess, or simply someone who wants to restore their talons- we are here for you! Today we at Cherie will be breaking down our favorite nail care home remedies and tips on how to take care of nails. First, we need to identify your nail concerns. What is stopping me from having shiny nails? It could be any number of things! Nails are made of keratin, which is a hardened protein. You find this protein in your hair, and- to a lesser degree- in your skin. Any nail complaints you have are likely to be indicators of an underlying problem. We can fix the cosmetics, but taking supplements and assessing your diet is always a good move! Here's a fun fact: your fingernails grow from the 'matrix,' which is the part in your fingers that produces new skin cells. As it does this, it pushes and hardens the old ones out- causing your nail! Your nail can grow up to 1mm a day, depending on your body type. Common nail complaints include: 1. DiscolorationDiscoloration might look like a nasty yellow, a darker than standard color, or white spots. If you smoke, you almost definitely will notice yellow discoloration. However, if you don't, you'll find that discoloration comes from too much nail polish (especially dark shades), a lack of vitamins or zinc, or you just like to self-tan! Never fear, this is easily fixed- check out our lemon juice hacks below!2. Thick, crumbly nailsThick, brittle nails can have many causes. The most common? A fungal infection. Nasty. Fungal infections are super frustrating, as they take several months of repeat treatment to dissipate. Go see a doctor or pharmacist and to prevent these infections in the future. Read our nail care tips below.3. Brittle nailsIf your nails are breaking and cracking, they might be dry! Your nails bear the brunt of dust, detergent, household cleaners, and soap, which can leave them dehydrated and thirsty. Back in the 19th Century, women used to soak their hands in saltwater to soften them and restore their nails. Some beauty experts still swear by this remedy. Nail Care Procedures and A Nail Care Routine Like anything, developing shiny, healthy nails takes time. Developing a good nail care routine and habit is the best way to ensure you maintain healthy and polished nails. 1. Clean. Start with a quick nail clean. Begin at your cuticles, using a cuticle softener or one of our handy nail care home remedies below to soften and moisturize your nails. Push back your cuticles gently and trim any loose skin around the sides of your nails. 2. Trim and File Your Nails.Clip your nails down to size to stop them from getting too long and catching. Catching your nails can rip the nail bed and lift your nails, allowing space for nasty dirt build-up to creep in and build up. 3. Buff. Buffing your nails leaves them glossy, smooth, and shining. Try to limit this to about once a fortnight, as you don't want to wear down your nails. 4. Moisturize!Moisturizing is definitely the most important step of a nail care routine. This repairs your nail beds softens your cuticles for better nail growth, and stops the nails themselves from growing brittle. Nail Care Home RemediesNow we've run over a basic nail care routine, it's time to delve into how to get healthy nails using natural ingredients and home care remedies. Olive OilWe swear by olive oil. Olive oil is nourishing, moisturizing, and easy to find in the kitchen. It penetrates the skin bed and the nail repairing damage and softening brittle nail beds. It's packed with antioxidants and serves as a natural disinfectant. Some beauty bloggers even report using it to cure fungal infections, a sentiment that is backed by science. For the best results, warm up olive oil in the microwave and allow it to cool. Soak your nails for 10 to 15 minutes. Warming up the oil speeds up absorption, allowing the oil to work its moisturizing magic on your nails. When times up, gently massage the oil into your nails and cuticles to lock in all that goodness! Try using small, circular moisture until it is all absorbed. If you do have a fungal infection, try soaking your fingernails in 1 part lemon juice and 3 parts olive oil. Leave soaking for 10 minutes and then remove it. Instead of washing it in, put on globes overnight to lock in the magic. In the morning, rinse and moisturize. Repeat weekly in tandem with an over-the-counter treatment. Lemon JuiceLemon juice isn't just good for fungal infections. This clever little citrus helps correct discoloration and lift yellow from the nails, which is why using it is one of our nail care tips. Lemon juice has a very mild acid in it, which acts to naturally bleach nails and brighten the nail fibers. They also break down any gunk or grime that may be left on your nails, reducing the chance of infection. Mix the juice of half a lemon with one cup of warm water. Leave your nails to soak in the solution and rinse. Afterward, push back your cuticles and repeat weekly to lift off any leftover stains from polish, smoking, or manicures. This hack also works with Orange and Lime Juice. Rose WaterRose Water is one of the sacraments of skin and body care and is an excellent addition to any nail care routine. Rosewater smells lovely, has calming effects, and works as an antibacterial and natural moisturizer to protect and serve your nails. Simply wipe over your nails to keep them fresh, clean, and moisturizer. Apple Cider VinegarCan Apple Cider Vinegar do no wrong? Soaking any brittle or discolored nail in ACV once a day can alleviate symptoms. The nutrients and acids found in this vinegar services to stop an infection, heal nail beds, and strengthen the existing nail. Your nails are an indispensable indicator of your health. Whether you love manicures, stay low-key, or adore the polish, taking care of your nails through a nail care routine will ensure your talons stay shiny, healthy, and beautiful. With these home care nail remedies, you are sure to see a difference in the way your nails look. Who knows, this could kickstart your hand model career? For more advice on nail care and home remedies, check out Cherie's latest articles.
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