Many of us don’t realize that our nails are a reflection of our health. Strong, healthy-looking nails indicate good health, while thin, usually colored or dented and ridged nails may indicate a serious problem. If ever you are experiencing problems, it is important to see your doctor or dermatologist.

In order to keep your nails in tip-top condition, there are specific steps to take. Keep reading to find out how to keep your nails looking their best.

Talk To Your Doctor About Biotin Supplements

Ask your doctor about biotin, or a multivitamin which contains biotin. This water-soluble B-vitamin is a great way to strengthen your nails.

Always Make Sure Your Nails Are Dry And Clean

As we go about our daily routine, it is easy to forget to pay extra attention to our nails. However, prolonged exposure to wetness can cause bacterial growth under the nails. Always take extra care to make sure the nail area is dry after washing your hands, and wear rubber gloves while cleaning and doing dishes.

This applies to your feet as well. After a bath or shower, take the extra step of making sure the area around your toenails is completely dry.

Cut Your Nails Properly

When cutting fingernails and toenails, cut straight across with a rounded corner. This helps prevent ingrown toenails. If you find this difficult to do yourself, consider regular visits to a professional nail salon.

If you do choose to visit a salon, check for cleanliness. Make sure all tools are properly cleaned before use, and that the manicure and pedicure stations are sanitized between customers. Nail technicians should be washing their hands in between clients as well.

Don’t Bite!

If you have the habit of biting your nails, break it! This can transfer germs, affect the skin, and cause infection.

If The Shoe Fits

Wear properly fitting shoes to prevent ingrown toenails.

Take Precautions With Dark Nail Polish

If you love wearing darker colored polishes, make sure to use an extra base coat to help prevent infections.

Moisturize!

Use a moisturizing cream every day, and make sure you are thoroughly moisturizing the skin around your nails. A great way to remember to do this is to keep your moisturizing cream next to your bed and use it before you go to sleep for the night.

While it is easy to forget to take proper care of your nails, make it a habit to ensure that you are taking the necessary steps to keep your fingertips and toes healthy. The steps above can help you keep clean and bacteria free.