Taking Care of Your Hands and Nails
Our hands and nails are certainly taking a beating from constant hand washing and application of hand sanitiser, this will in turn make your nails and cuticles dry and brittle. Here are a few tips to have them looking a million dollars and appears to have undergone a luxurious beauty treatment! And you don’t need to spend a fortune to achieve this.
Now a lot of people think a hand cream will do the job. Well…you are only half way there and the function of your cuticles is to protect new nails from bacteria when they grow out from the nail root, so it is vital to keep them happy and healthy.
The number one key is Hydration.
Daily application of a good quality cuticle oil makes a world of difference, and usually consists of a nut or fruit oil—avocado, coconut, apricot, almond, olive—specifically applied to the cuticles. It benefits by building strong and flexible nails, promoting nail growth, and helping with the longevity of a manicure. It will also help to nourish the nail bed which in turn strengthens the natural nails. Cuticle oil contains a smaller molecule, so the oil will penetrate easier and deeper and can keep your polish hydrated and not dry and brittle (which will cause chipping and peeling).
A great treatment is to soak your nails in a warm cuticle oil. Our manicure treatment at Body Wellness and Beauty consists of a beautiful hydrating almond oil specifically for the nails and hands. This nourishing warm oil hand soak will transform into a milky moisture bath.
When to apply cuticle oil?
Daily and as often as you can. Before bed is the most important time as the body is repairing. Applying to each nail and massaging in will increase circulation and in turn nourish the nail bed. You will notice a big improvement after a week of daily application. Oh and don’t forget your toes can also benefit from daily application of a cuticle oil and heal cream! Finishing with a hydrating hand cream.
It’s important to protect your hands and nails and always wear rubber gloves when doing household chores, gardening, and when using harsh chemicals.
Regular Manicures can improve the health of your nails and is a great way to relax and de-stress.
Don’t forget a healthy diet containing protein and omega-3.
Adding a good amount of protein in your diet is essential for creating strong nails, whereas low protein intake may cause weaker nails. Omega-3 fatty acid helps lubricate and moisturize the nails, giving a shiny appearance. It can also reduce inflammation in the nail bed.
Applying daily care and regularly visiting a salon will surely go a long way to maintain a healthy hands and nails.