Nail Care

Caring for your nails is a very important, and often neglected, part of your skincare routine. Feet and toenails tend to be even more neglected because they tend to be hidden under socks and shoes. Our hands and feet get used so often; they need the 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 begin to get ingrown, 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 completely removed. 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 painful overgrowth and hangnails. 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 overgrowth, they can be trimmed to remove the excess and clear the nail plate. If one of these is the case, they should only be trimmed and never removed. Cuticles prevent harmful bacteria from getting under your nails causing infection. If you remove the cuticles, your fingers are at a high risk for infection. They will typically begin to get red and swollen as the bacteria can get into the skin.

Other Common Nail Concerns:

  • Thickening of the nails or, more commonly, toenails: If this has begun happening to you, do not be worried. Thickening nails comes with age. Unfortunately, there is no solution, but if you take care of your nails and toenails, clipping and filing them regularly, they will be easier to manage.
  • White spots: Sometimes small white spots begin to show up on our nails or toenails. Again, this is nothing too serious. These white spots are known as leukonychia. These spots have a few different causes: genetics, poor nutrition, and minor damage. These spots are often hereditary, and a person may get them for no reason other than that is a trait they possess. Nutrition can be another cause; if you are missing vital elements in your nutrition, hair and nails are the first things that begin to diminish, and these white spots are a sign of that.
  • Ridges: Ridges in your nails are another thing typically developed from genetics and age. There is no cure, but there are some simple solutions to make it easier to deal with. Get a natural nail buffer and buff the nails smooth. Careful not to use a buffer so coarse that it removes too much of the nail. There are also many nail strengtheners that help to fill in ridges.
  • Weak, peeling, or brittle nails: These nail conditions are often caused minor damage to the nail (like having acrylic nails on for an extended period, or removing them improperly) or poor nutrition.The best solution to all of these issues is to find a good nail strengthener and apply it at least once a week. Also keeping polish on your nails can help give added strength while your nails recover.
Nail and cuticle care keep your hands looking their best. Clean, trim finger 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.