When you get a manicure from a nail salon, you probably want to show off your nails. Whether you have a simple polish or a deluxe air brush application, you have made the effort to have nice nails. However, that is not the only thing that people will look at. The skin surrounding your nails is also visible and should be kept nice. This is easier said than done! Whether through the weather, underlying skin conditions, or bad habits we have a high chance of the skin becoming dry, cracked, or chipped. Aside from being unsightly, these marks can hurt and provide an opening for possible infection. This article will share the tips and tricks proven to eliminate skin chipping, drying, and splitting.
Step 1. Soak Your Hands
Your hands take a lot of wear and tear. They are expected to work hard all day! To get them ready to repair, soak both hands in a bowl of warm water for about five minutes.
Step 2. Dry Your Hands
After you wash your hands, make sure they are completely dry by using a towel.
Step 3. Push Back Cuticles
Our cuticles can crowd and grow over the nail design. Pushing them back with the flat end of a cuticle stick maximizes the surface area of our nail bed.
Step 4. Clean Under Nails
Depending on the length of your nails, it is very easy to get dirt under them. You can use the sharp end of the cuticle stick to get the dirt out from under your nails.
Step 5. Remove Extra Skin
Occasionally, you might have hangnails or extra skin that surrounds your nails. You can use clippers or scissors from a manicure kit. Take care to not cut any skin that is healthy and living as this can cause inflammation or infection.
Step 6. Use Moisturizer
Many times the problems around our nails are dry skin. Nail moisturizers can keep our nails hydrated and our cuticles healthy.
Step 7. Protect your Hands
Washing our hands is important to prevent transmission of diseases. Prolonged hot water use can dry our hands. Plastic gloves can protect your hands and prevent dry and dying skin.
Step 8. Do Not Bite your Nails
Biting our nails damages not only the nail bed but also the skin around your nails. It is a surefire way to ruin the look of a quality manicure.
It is possible that the dry or dead skin around your fingertips is due to a medical reason that the above suggestions will not entirely eliminate. For example, some allergic reactions can cause skin peeling. Vitamin and nutrient deficiencies can also cause extra dry skin. If you think this might be causing issues for you, make sure to eat a balanced diet and take appropriate vitamin supplements. If you do think that there might be an underlying medical issue that is causing excessive drying of the skin, then definitely talk to a medical professional! The tips above will help keep your nails in great shape and make you proud to show off that manicure you have.
Denny works at the Scottsdale Nail Salon and on his free time he loves blogging about beauty and anything related to his industry.