Tips for beautiful nailsHaving beautiful nails is less a matter of luck and more a matter of caring for them correctly. Fortunately, proper nail care is pretty simple, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
By: Accent staff report, Grand Forks Herald
Having beautiful nails is less a matter of luck and more a matter of caring for them correctly. Fortunately, proper nail care is pretty simple, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
Nails need to be moisturized, especially after removing nail polish, so a cream should be applied regularly, said Dr. Phoebe Rich, a board-certified dermatologist and clinical adjunct professor of dermatology at Oregon Health Science University, Portland.
“Always protect your cuticles,” Rich said in a news release. “Never cut or forcefully push back your cuticles as doing so could lead to an infection. If you must push them back, only do so gently after a shower or bath.”
Other manicure and pedicure tips from Rich:
• While most nail salons follow strict cleanliness and disinfection guidelines, look for the following when visiting a salon: Does your nail technician have the necessary experience and/or license, if required? Are the stations clean? Does the nail technician wash her hands between clients? Are there dirty tools lying around? Ask how they clean their tools.
• Shave your lower legs after getting a pedicure, not before. Don’t shave your lower legs for at least 24 hours before you get a pedicure. If you nick yourself while shaving, a pedicure could put you at risk for an infection.
• If you get frequent manicures and pedicures, consider purchasing your own tools to be used at the salon.
• Check that the pedicure footbaths and filters are thoroughly disinfected before you use them. If not properly cleaned, they can harbor bacteria and fungus. If the salon does not appear clean, then choose another one.
• If you want to wear a bright red or orange polish, prevent discoloration by applying an extra layer of base coat. If your nails become yellowed and discolored from the polish, your nails should return to normal color over several weeks if you stay away from bright polish.
• There is no scientific evidence that immersing nails in gelatin makes them stronger. Polishes that contain strengthening ingredients increase nail stiffness, which may make nails break more frequently.
• Do not wear artificial nails to cover up nail problems as they may make them worse. Artificial nails are not recommended for people who are prone to fungal infections or have brittle nails. For people with healthy nails, artificial nails can be fine as long as they are not worn continuously.
• If you wear artificial nails, know what products are used as the substances can cause an allergic reaction and if you develop a rash or other reaction, your doctor will need this information.