How To Take Care Of Cuticles And Nails

05/23/2016
by James Adcock

People also treat their nails carelessly, biting them, letting them chip or break, etc. At Pedi Source, we encourage people to take good care of your hands and feet because they’re often the most ignored parts of a person’s body, especially cuticles and nails. Here is some information about how to take care of cuticles and nails.

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The Cuticles

Cuticles play a very important role in your hand’s health because they form a tight seal at the base of the nail. This seal keeps germs and dirt away from the vulnerable nail bed and helps prevent infections. Needless to say, you need to make sure they stay healthy and here’s how you can do that:

  • Keep Hands Clean – It’s important to keep your hands as clean as possible. That would contribute towards the overall health of your cuticles and stop any infection before it has a chance to settle in.
  • Moisturize – Most people moisturize their face and body but completely forget about their hands and feet. These areas require special care because the skin here tends to dry very quickly. You can use your regular body moisturizer or purchase hand or foot creams. These are generally more potent than normal moisturizers and will soften and hydrate your cuticles well.
  • Establish a Daily Routine – You need to moisturize your hands at least once in a day so that the cuticles don’t become dry. However, we do recommend that you apply moisturizer every time you wash your hands with soap. The ingredients in soap usually dry cuticles and make them more vulnerable to peeling and flaking.
  • Dry Cuticles – If your cuticles are dry, they can peel and develop painful tears. You can soften them easily if you soak your hands in warm water or apply cream on them.
  • Never Cut – You should not cut cuticles because you’ll expose your nail bed to infections if you do. If you want a clean nail surface, just push them back gently with a cuticle tool.

The Nails

Nails are actually one of the most attractive features of your hands. If you keep them healthy and well-maintained, they can make your fingers and hands look clean and pretty. However, for your nails to be healthy, you need to take proper care of them. Here’s what you should do:

  • Keep them Short – Nails have a tendency to break and chip when they’re allowed to grow too long. That’s why stylists and nail technicians always recommend that you keep the length reasonably short. That would allow you to handle day-to-day tasks like typing and writing easily and still give your hands that manicured look.
  • Trim them regularly and carefully – The edges of the nails can become brittle overtime so it’s a good idea to trim them regularly. You should use a sharp clipper that would trim the nails without causing them to splinter at the edges.
  • File them Well – Unfortunately, very few people know how to file their nails properly. They run the file in a sawing motion that splinters the edges of the nails instead of smoothening them. You should always file in one direction along with the curve of your nail.
  • Remove Old Nail Polish – You shouldn’t let nail polishes linger on your nails for too long. When they chip, they can damage the surface and make your nails rough. You should use a gentle nail polish remover to remove polish that has started to chip and replace it with a fresh coat. You might also want to allow your nails a few polish-free days, just to maintain their health.

If you have any questions about spas or pedicure chairs, you’re free to contact us at Pedi Source. Just give us a call at 1855 429 PEDI. You can also email one of these two email address with your questions and contact details: [email protected] and [email protected].

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