Do you care for your nails with regular manicures and pedicures? Taking care of your nails, cuticles and surrounding finger and toe tips will keep your nails healthy and looking their best.
Yesterday, my manicurist wasn’t very gentle. Having asked her to be a little more gentle more than once or twice, here are some tips for protecting your cuticles, keeping them healthy, and always looking their best.
- Preventive care is VERY important! Keep your nail beds clean, using a natural oil cleanser, and a moisturize after, while they are still a little damp.
- Use a Sugar Scrub or Acid Peel on your fingertips once a week to help move the old skin along and promote moisturizer absorption.
- Choose a moisturizer with nutrients and natural oils, making sure you use one that absorbs into the skin, not sitting on the surface making everything you touch oily.
- Trim only loose, and hanging cuticles. You want to keep the cuticle rim and that attached to the nail intact, protecting your nail bed from leaving an opening for bacteria and dirt to invade. If your cuticle has separated, or caught on something and ripped, trim it with clean nail clippers or scissors, and use an antibiotic ointment with a covering until it heals.
- Go to a professional manicurist, preferably one who autoclaves their instruments, for getting overgrowing cuticles in check and remove the dead skin the can make your fingertips look so unkempt. If you have been to one who causes pain while caring for your cuticles, by all means, tell them to lighten up and think about finding someone with a lighter touch.
- Try not to bite your nails or cuticles and please keep your fingers out of your mouth. Your mouth harbors bacteria, and you can also ingest bacteria from your fingers and become ill.
If you’re having difficulty with very dry fingertips, try switching hand cleansers and dishwashing liquid. Some brands really dry out my fingertips.I hope these tips are helpful!