Nail problems are surprisingly common and while it might be tempting to cover them up and pretend they don’t exist, long-term this will only make any underlying issues worse. 

Just some of the common nail problems we often see include:

  • Brittle Nails
  • Slow Growing Nails
  • Nail Discolouration
  • Thickened Nails
  • Splitting Nails
  • Nail Ridges
  • Nail Infections

While it’s always best to chat with your GP if you have any concerns, there are a number of steps you can take at home to help you on your way to stronger, healthier nails. Here are our tips for optimal nail health.

Cuticle Care 

Hacking away at your cuticles at home is not a good idea. Cuticles need to be treated with care to avoid damage and prevent infections. Moisturising your cuticles and pushing them back is a far better option if they bother you. You can use a specially formulated cuticle oil or rub in a natural oil like coconut or almond oil. Massaging your nails also has the added benefit of increasing blood flow to the area which will result in stronger, longer nails.  

Remove Nail Polish With Care

No matter how tempted you are, never pick at old nail polish! Not only will you be left with residual nail polish but you could be damaging the nail surface underneath. Always go for an acetone-free nail polish remover to prevent excess dryness and if you have gel polish, make sure you have it removed by a professional at your nearest salon. Give your nails the once over while they are bare so any problems are picked up early. 

Watch Your Diet 

Naturopaths, nutritionists and doctors can tell a lot about a person’s internal health by looking at their nails. While they are not a conclusive diagnostic tool, nails do provide clues about possible underlying conditions. Eating a well-balanced diet that is heavy on the fresh produce and light on the processed stuff will do wonders for your overall health as well as your nails. If your diet is lacking, you can always supplement as a way of boosting essential vitamins and minerals. Don’t forget to stay hydrated too!

The Final Word…

While fingernails grow faster than toenails, it still takes around 6 months for a new nail to grow from the root to the tip of your finger so look after them! Don’t be afraid to take a break from acrylics or gel treatments and make sure you choose your hand and nail products carefully. We recommend the Sienna Byron Bay range of non-toxic nail polishes and nail care products. Pop into Luscious and check out the latest gorgeous colours we have in stock. Inspired by the natural beauty of Byron Bay, the Sienna range is vegan, B Corp, PETA, Choose Cruelty Free and Made Safe certified.