Spring Cleaning: Caring for Your Hands & Nails

With the weather so warm, and summer just around the corner, most of us are busy with spring cleaning tasks. However, with all the yard work and pulling weeds, it’s important not to neglect your hands and nails in the process. Taking care of your hands and nails isn’t just limited to wearing gloves. Below are some things to look out for when it comes to maintaining the health and beauty of your hands:

Whether you’re doing the dishes or working in the garden, submerging your nails in water for long periods of time can be very damaging. Water can not only dry out your hands, it can weaken your nails causing them to split, peel, or break easily. Try limiting water exposure, and make sure to wear gloves when possible. Also, a clear top coat can help make bare nails a little more water resistant.

There are a variety of everyday products we use that contain chemicals that can damage your skin and nails.

  • Hand Soap
  • Nail Polish Removers
  • Dish & Laundry Detergent
  • Bleach
  • Kitchen & Bathroom Solvents

Using products without wearing gloves exposes your hands and nails to heavy-duty chemicals that can dry, damage and strip them. Bleach is especially damaging.

During the summer, we tend to drink more water due to hotter temperatures. Don’t forget that your hands and nails are thirsty too! Make sure to invest in a quality moisturizer and use it often.  Also, Vitamin E is ideal to rub on your nails and cuticles when they are especially dry and in need of a little extra TLC.

Boise Nail Salon Tips For Maintaining Healthy Hands & Nails This Summer
While wearing gloves is important there are a few other things you can do to maintain the health and beauty of your hands and nails this summer.

  • Trim, don’t cut hangnails.
  • Limit use of hand sanitizers.
  • Use moisturizing hand soaps.
  • Massage nails and cuticles with Vitamin E or a cuticle oil.
  • Push back cuticles, rather than cutting them.
  • Exfoliate your hands and nails before moisturizing.
  • Avoid heavily scented hand creams that can further dry out your nails.
  • Limit your use of polish removers, especially those that contain acetone.
  • Wear cotton gloves at night while sleeping (after putting on hand cream).
  • Slather on a high quality hand cream everyday and at night before bed.

How Undone Salon Can Help Your Hands & Nails Look Their Best this Summer
At Undone, we are a Boise nail salon that offers Boise manicures & Boise pedicures to exfoliate, moisturize, and condition your hands, and nails to keep them healthy and looking their best. We also offer cuticle and paraffin hand treatments as a fabulous way to treat & moisturize your hands and nails.

Despite applying all of the above mentioned tips, you may find yourself with a split, cracked or torn nail. If that happens, come in to see us for a needed repair. Remember, healthy hands & nails can make a huge difference in the beauty of your Boise manicure, so visit us often, and especially during the spring and summer!


Creative Commons Photo Courtesy of: Libby Arnold 

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