7 Top Tips for Healthy, Beautiful Nails

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Tips for Beautiful NailsSome women seem to have won the nail lottery: Strong as steel, weed-like growth, and perfectly shaped ovals. But even for those who lack that good fortune, there's much you can do to maximize your own potential, as well as your health and safety. Here are seven helpful suggestions from the American Academy of Dermatology, whether you’re splurging on a professional mani-pedi or handling the job at home.

1. Moisturize nails regularly.
Particularly after removing polish with harsh chemicals that strip nails of moisture. A heavy-duty lotion like DERMAdoctor KP duty, which contains glycolic acid and urea, will do the trick. Apply liberally, paying special attention to cuticles.

2. Keep cuticles intact.
Never cut or forcefully push them back, because it ups your risk for infection. If you feel you must push them back, gently do it after a shower or a bath when they’re softest and most malleable.

3. Choose nail salons carefully.
Not all nail establishments are created equally. Make sure the nail technicians are licensed if required, the nail stations and foot baths are clean (if not, they can harbor bacteria and fungus), and don't hesitate to ask how they clean their tools. Better yet, consider investing in a set of your own that you can bring with you.

4. Shave legs after a pedicure - not before.
Don't sweat it if the technician sees your hairy shins. You should avoid shaving for at least 24 hours before a pedicure, since if you nick yourself while shaving, it puts you at a higher risk for an infection.

5. Protect against nail discoloration.
If you favor bright shades like red or orange, your nails can become stained from the tint. Apply an extra layer of base coat to prevent it—and if it's too late—your nails should return to their normal hue in a few weeks if the same color is not reapplied.

6. Skip the gelatin soak.
While many people religiously believe that immersing your nails in this collagen-derived gelling agent makes them longer and stronger, there just is no scientific evidence to prove that it’s true.

7. Don't wear artificial nails to mask problems or infections.
It could wind up making them even worse. Artificial nails aren't recommended for people prone to fungal infections or who have brittle nails. For people without those problems, they're fine as long as you take a break from them every once in a while.

By Cathy Garrard
DERMAdoctor Staff Writer

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