Your fingernails can tell you a lot about your state of health. Take a good look at them, are they strong and healthy looking or are they weak, brittle and discolored. Fingernails can be affected by a combination of factors ranging from genetics to your diet, but proper care can help them stay at their nicest.
Nails are composed of layers of protein called keratin; it grows from underneath the cuticle out towards the tips of your fingers. Healthy nails appear smooth without any ridges or grooves (don’t fear if you have some, as we age our fingernails become more grooved). But any severe discoloration could be a sign of disease that could require medical attention.
To keep your fingernails looking their best, drink lots of water! Water is good for your body in every way and can help everything from your fingertips to your ability to stay in shape. Drinking at least 40 ounces of water a day is the first step to healthy nails.
Next, make sure to moisturize your hands. Keep a small bottle of cocoa butter, lotion or massage oil in your purse to retain moisture and keep hands and nails looking as healthy as possible.
Lastly, DO NOT cut your cuticles! Cuticles are the nails protective barrier and help keep inflammation, irritation and other infections away. You can always put cuticle cream on and push them back with an orange wood stick, which is a much healthier alternative.