To achieve healthy nails, scrub the nails regularly with a nail brush, trim them and moisturize the cuticles. You may also benefit from taking biotin supplements and keeping professional manicures to a minimum.
- Scrub the nails with a nail brush
Do not use sharp tools to clean underneath the nails. These tools can cause the nail to separate from the nail bed, increasing the chances of infection. Use a nail brush and gently scrub the nails to remove debris and bacteria. See a doctor at the first signs of infection. Symptoms of infection include redness, swelling, pain, or irritated skin around the nails.
- Trim the nails
Trimming nails on a regular basis helps prevent snags and breakage. Use a fine-grain fingernail file to smooth the edges of the nail and buff the surface of the nail if desired. Keep professional manicures to a minimum, as some professional grooming practices are harsh and may heighten the risk of nail infections.
- Moisturize the cuticles
Apply a moisturizer to the cuticles to prevent drying and cracking. Do not push cuticles back or remove them, as this leaves the nails prone to bacterial and fungal infections. Water also dries out nails and cuticles, so wear gloves when washing dishes.