To create long, strong, healthy nails, you need to look after your hands. Nails grow from an area called the matrix at the root of the nail. It constantly regenerates cells, packing the old cells together to form the nail. The cuticle protects the nail bed, keeping germs and infections away, so it’s important to look after your cuticles.
6 Natural Ways to Get Healthy, Beautiful Nails
In New Zealand, we don’t have as much naturally occurring zinc in our soil. This means you might not get enough zinc from diet alone and may need a supplement. Zinc is important for many functions in the body, including preventing acne and for strong immunity, but also for nail health. Symptoms of low zinc may include white spots on the nails or nail splitting.
Avoid Harsh Chemicals
This is the excuse you need to get out of cleaning! The harsh solvents and chemicals in a number of detergents and cleaners will weaken the nail. Wear rubber gloves when cleaning and washing dishes to unnecessary nail damage.
Moisturise Your Cuticles and Hands
Your cuticles keep the nail matrix healthy, so it’s important to look after them. A variety of products are available, but there some contain parabens and diethyl phthalate, which can have worrying side effects. Try using a natural moisturiser that’s based on beeswax or shea butter.
Beeswax forms a protective wall, sealing moisture in your skin without clogging your pores. And beeswax contains vitamin A, which helps with hydrating and reconstructing damaged skin cells. When compared to synthetic or petroleum-based products, beeswax proves to be much healthier and more efficient for your skin.
A skin superfood, shea butter is rich in vitamins A, E, and F. It supplies essential fatty acids that the skin needs for collagen production. Its incredible moisturising and nourishing abilities make shea butter perfect for your hands.
Treat Cuticle Infections Promptly
If your cuticles become damaged, they can become red and irritated. This will affect nail growth, so it’s important to treat any infections quickly. An antibiotic cream is suitable for this or, if you want a natural solution to prevent the spread of bacteria then either turmeric or mānuka oil will be useful.
For healthier nails and cuticles, check out our East Cape Mānuka Dry Skin Oil with powerful moisturising and antibacterial properties!