SHAFAQNA- You cringe at the sight of a small strip of skin beside your nail separating your nail and your cuticle. Every time you touch it, you feel a tinge of pain. If this strip of skin comes in contact with your clothes, you get hurt. You usually remove this by cutting it with a nail clipper. Are you familiar with it now? You need to know that this isn’t part of your nail. Technically, it is called a hangnail. A hangnail does not grow like wild grass in a garden. It grows because you bite your nails. Once your skin gets dry and you bite your nail, a hangnail grows out of your finger. If you have a little brother or sister, you will notice that he or she usually complains about having hangnails because kids have a habit of biting their nails. A hang nail refers to a nail condition where excess skin is partially detached from your nail. Aside from being painful, hangnails are unattractive as well.
How to Prevent Hangnails
· Avoid nail biting as from nail biting possibilities of hang nails are more which can turn painful also. · Don’t let your skin dry so that growth of hangnails can be avoided as hangnails are due to the problem of dry skin. · Take iron, calcium, and vitamin B · Drink plenty of liquids including drinking water · Use rubber gloves when working with water · Cut your nail at the base
Natural Remedies for Hangnails
Warm Massage Oil
For warm massage oil, heat some olive oil, castor oil, coconut oil, almond oil in a microwave for about 20 seconds. Drench your fingers in this oil for 15-20 minutes. Finally, take your hands off the bowl, wipe off the excess oil and leave the rest on your fingers for several hours, preferably overnight.
Honey can avoid hangnails. Apply honey on your nail. It keeps the torn cuticle softer avoiding the hangnails.
Take some almonds and leave this on the water to soak for overnight. Afterwards, peel and grind them in the morning. Make a paste by mixing egg yolk, and a little amount of honey. Now, smear the combination on your hands and wear a cotton gloves to leave the paste on hands overnight.
Avocado hand Moisturizer
Cut an avocado and slice into 2 halves. Now, use one half of the avocado to gather the flesh out and blend it. Mix 4 tsp of coconut oil with the avocado. Finally, apply these blended ingredients on the affected area to avoid hangnail.
Water and Oil
You can soak your hand in oil or water for five minutes and let your skin get softer. Your hangnail will become painless if your skin is moist and soft. Five minutes can hardly be noticed, so take some time to condition your skin for hangnail removal. Some people get hangnails regularly. If you are one of them, you need to soak your nails in oil or water on a regular basis too. Regular basis means soaking your nails on oil or water for 15 minutes daily. After that, apply lotion on your fingertips two times a day.