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Caring for your nails

Like our hair, our nails reflect our overall health and lifestyle choices. To keep them strong and beautiful, a balanced diet and a few good habits are essential.

In most cases, following a few simple rules will help you keep or make your nails healthy and strong:

Eat a varied diet, rich in vitamins, trace elements, antioxidant fruit and vegetables, protein and minerals.

Limit manicures to once a week and avoid harsh solvents which cause unnecessary damage to nails.

• During a manicure, do not trim your nail cuticles: these small pieces of skin protect the nail base and removing them weakens your nails.

Avoid biting your nails or pulling at the bits of skin around them.

Systematically use a protective base coat before applying coloured nail varnish. This will prevent the pigments from being absorbed by the nail and turning it yellow.

Avoid wearing artificial nails constantly, as they weaken your natural nails. If you like them, save them for special occasions.

Wear gloves when doing household chores, DIY, or when gardening.

At least once a day, apply a nourishing hand and nail cream, especially in the wintertime.

Regularly take a course of food supplements formulated to strengthen nails.

If your nails remain damaged in spite of these precautions, or you notice signs such as a change in colour, white, yellow or black spots, or the nail lifting from its bed, see a skin specialist: a change in the appearance of nails can sometimes signal a health problem that only a doctor can diagnose with certainty.

For more information about damaged nails, please see the expert advice page devoted to the topic.