Caring for your nails is a crucial step and often neglected part of your skincare routine. Feet and toenails tend to be neglected because they are usually hidden under socks and shoes. Our hands and feet get used so often; they need extra care.
Clipping and shaping toenails are vital to preventing nail damage and painful ingrown toenails. The same goes for your fingernails. Nails need to be clipped and filed to keep them beautiful and healthy.
Toenails are best cut straight across with slightly rounded edges; this style will help avoid your toenails from becoming ingrown. If the toenails do get ingrown, remove them safely. Start by trying to file the edges away from the skin. If it is painful or infected, see a doctor immediately. The longer you wait to see a doctor, the worse the correction can become.
Bad ingrown toenails often have to be removed entirely. Do not ignore your toes if you suspect an ingrown toenail.
Cuticle care is also essential as the cuticles need to be pushed back to prevent severe overgrowth and hangnails that can be painful. Cuticles are there for a reason; whether you are getting a manicure or giving yourself one, do not allow the cuticles to be cut off.
If your cuticles have split, they can be clipped to prevent painful hangnails. If there is an overgrowth, trim to remove the excess and turn off the nail plate. If one of these is the case, they should only be cut and never removed.
Cuticles prevent harmful bacteria from getting under your nails, causing infection. If you eliminate the cuticles, your fingers are at high risk for infection. They will typically begin to get red and swollen as the bacteria can get into the skin.
Nail and cuticle care keep your hands looking their best. Clean, trim fingernails and toenails make you look more professional and feel more beautiful. Avoid painful issues and have confidence in your hands and feet. Take care of them.
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Kari Thomas wrote this article.