Beauty is as much about your mental state of mind as it is about your physical attributes. However, what most people tend to overlook is caring for the extremities of their bodies. The extremities in this regard refer to fingernails and toenails, an indicator of overall health and hygiene that everyone neglects. No matter where you are or where you go, your hands, and more often than not, feet, are always visible to the outside world and the people you interact with. And if it is an occasion as grand as a corporate event, or shall we say, your very own wedding, your nails have to be at their most clean and presentable self!
So how do you go about caring for your tips and toes the right way? Bride & Groom indulged in a lesser known tricks of the trade when it comes to nail care and has put together five simple practices that are bound to give you impeccable looking hands and feet.
This is your starting ground, the initial step that will lead on to the rest of the nail grooming process. Fill a wide bowl and a bucket with warm salt water and then dip both your hands and feet into each respectively for 15 minutes. What this does is that it kills all the bacteria surrounding your nails, cuticles, and the underside of the same. It also softens the keratin that is the building protein of your toes and fingernails, making it easier to trim them. Moreover, the salt acts as a natural cleanser and instantly brightens the look of your hands and feet. Do this about once every two weeks.
Once you’re done with soaking your nails, now is the time to trim them. This is the step where everyone goes wrong. We are usually tempted to cut our nails in the natural curve they grow in; this is a big no. Never cut your nails in a curve as this increases the tendency of infection, ripped side skins, cuticle breakage, and what’s worse, ingrown nails. It also turns the tips of your fingers and toes abrasive, meaning that when you push your hands into gloves, or your feet into shoes, you’re bound to feel discomfort. Trim your nails in a straight line always to prevent the risk of any personal harm.
Now that your fingernails and toes have been properly trimmed, it’s time to give them a good shine. Take a small cup of hot water and squeeze the juice of half a lemon into it. Pick up a wad of cotton balls; dip them in, and then dab them on your nails generously.
Rub them over and make sure to get the juice into every crevice of your nails. This acts as a natural astringent and anti-bacterial remedy, and your tips will be shining within 30 seconds! Try and do this step once every week or whenever you are free. It’s simple, hassle-free, and results are always guaranteed.
You can get professional manicuring and pedicuring services at a salon, but the good news is that with a few simple tools you can do it very easily at home. All you need is a good emery board, a bowl of warm soapy water, an orange stick/towel, a hand lotion, and a clear nail varnish. File your nails in a gentle curve with the emery board (remember to be delicate and patient!), then wash off your hands. Take the orange stick and push your cuticles back and cleanse the remaining cuticle away. Finally rub in a good moisturizing lotion into your fingers and follow up with a coat of your best clear varnish.
No matter how many external products you may use, nothing comes close to the results you’ll see when you’re healthy from within. This definitely reflects in your nails; the biggest nutrient for them is iron. Fragile, brittle nails are caused by low haemoglobin, so make sure to eat foods such as spinach, kale, beetroots, apples, meat, liver, eggs, and a large variety of nuts. A good tip is to rub olive oil into your nails at night since this helps in hardening and strengthening them. Stay stocked up on fluids and rest yourself well; you’ll notice the difference not only in your nails, but your overall health as well!