Our hands and nails are often neglected since we use them every day for so many different tasks. They become dry, cracked and nails can break. Here are some simple steps you can take to improve your hand and nail health!
Wear rubber gloves when doing housework. This prevents nail chipping and damage and avoids chemicals getting on your skin.
Use hand cream regularly to keep your skin hydrated and moisturised... just like how you use a face moisturiser.
Avoid metal nail files. They are too abrasive for natural nails and damage them. Stick to regular nail files!
Keep your nails at a workable length. Natural nails aren't designed to be very long, and keeping them at a good length prevents damage and breakage.
Drink plenty of water. It's good for our overall health, including our hands and nails!
Do simple hand exercises to keep joints supple. Things like finger and wrist rotations make a big difference.
Avoid hard or drying soaps. Harsh and scented soaps leave your hands coarse and dry. It's best to use natural, skin-kind soaps.
Don't use your nails as tools, like opening cans. This weakens the nail.
Use cuticle cream or oil daily to keep your cuticles moisturised and prevent them from sticking to the nail plate.
Use acetone-free nail polish to prevent damage to your nail, and always use a base coat to protect your nail from polish.
I'd recommend regular manicures too. Manicures can improve healthy nail growth, increase blood circulation, increase hand and wrist flexibility, improve some skin issues, increases cell renewal, and relaxing treatments can sometimes aid stress and anxiety! So if you haven't had one before, definitely give your local salon a visit.