Are You Too Lazy to Take Care of Your Nails?
Maintaining healthy nails is vital if you wear nail polish, yet finding time for manicures or preventive maintenance may be challenging.
Make nail care an enjoyable ritual by lighting a scented candle or playing relaxing music while doing it, as well as remembering to moisturize before and after.
1. Wash Your Hands Regularly
Handwashing is one of the best ways to stay healthy. Just 20 seconds per day of handwashing can significantly lower bacteria’s survival rate on dirty hands and help protect you against illness.
Make sure to rinse your hands under warm water, ensuring to get under the nails and around the wrists. Avoid antibacterial soap; studies show it to be no more effective at killing germs than regular soap and can even lead to increased resistance to antibiotics.
Whenever possible, wash your hands with softening hand soap that contains moisturizers for an invigorating yet relaxing experience. Add scent or music while washing – making the whole process an experience to remember! For nail polish wearers, remember to use an acetone-free remover regularly in order to maintain chipping- and peeling-resistant color, prevent hangnails and hangnail issues. Additionally, load up on protein-rich foods; they are essential in maintaining strong nails!
2. Don’t Forget Your Toenails
Although toenails may not be as noticeable, they still need to be maintained regularly for best health. Without proper care they may develop issues like ingrown toenails and fungal nail infections which could potentially lead to diabetes in severe cases.
Always ensure your feet and toenails are properly washed and dried daily, using high quality foot cream or cuticle oil can keep the surrounding area soft. Also make sure that when trimming nails using scissors or clippers you cut straight across rather than round. Nail polish free of formaldehyde, toluene and dibutyl phthalate ingredients should be preferred, otherwise this could exacerbate nail fragility causing them to become brittle over time. If using nail polish frequently give them time off every few weeks so they can breathe and recover from its toxic presence allowing the nails time to recover from its harmful effects and detox themselves properly from its harmful toxins before returning them recharging back to their former self!
3. Don’t Forget Your Cuticles
Cuticles, small strips of dead skin at the base of each nail, provide protection for the nail bed by blocking germs from getting under your fingernails and into your fingernail bed. Reducing or cutting away this protective barrier damages its function and may lead to infection – even during professional manicure treatments!
Attentive hand hygiene can prevent nail damage. Use a gentle soap that won’t harm your nails and use a soft toothbrush-type tool to scrub around the edges of your nails and surrounding skin to gently expel any dirt that has built up over time.
Keep your cuticles hydrated and healthy by applying cuticle oils that contain ingredients such as beeswax, shea butter, jojoba oil, flaxseed oil or coconut oil on a regular basis – this will keep them looking their best! This will also keep nails looking their best!
4. Don’t Forget to Moisturize
Moisturizing is key for healthy nails and cuticles – as well as for overall wellbeing. Dry and brittle cuticles and nails not only look worse than they would if regularly moisturized, they can also send the message that you do not take good care of yourself. So moisturize both nails and cuticles daily using rich hand lotion or creams tailored specifically for them; nail treatments might even come in handy!