Hand and Nail care 101: Are you taking notes??

My hands and nails go under alot of pressure everyday. From the constant tapping on my laptop to even loading and unloading bags at work, our hands is the best tool to get the job done. Why not take care of them and cherish our hands with these tips? Class is now in session and the subject matter is hand/nail care. Take out your notebook and make sure to take great notes. This is an swift course; so please pay close attention.

-Invest in a non-greasy hand cream that contains retinol, peptides and B vitamins, which will increase collagen production and keep your hands smooth and soft. Apply it at least twice a day. Also, look out for ingredients like glycolic acid and vitamin C that will reduce the appearance of age spots and wrinkles on your hands.

-Exfoliate just your hands once a week — this will remove dead skin cells and ensure that your hand cream can penetrate deeper. Use an exfoliator that contains alpha and beta-hydroxy acids for more effect.

-Buff your nails gently once a week — this will improve circulation to your nail bed. Don’t ever cut your cuticles. Instead, push them back gently.

-Eat foods that are beneficial to your nails — foods that are rich in calcium will keep your nails smooth and healthy.

-If you notice cracks in your skin — on your palms or inbetween your fingers — regularly apply petroleum jelly or a cream that your dermat suggests.

-Wear gloves while doing housework, especially if it involves water. Always wear gloves while doing the dishes. This will ensure that your nails don’t get brittle.

-Don’t apply nail polish all the time — your nails also needs to breathe. Too much of nail polish remover can also make your nails turn yellow and dry them out.

-While applying sunscreen on your body, don’t miss your nails and hands — they require sun protection as well. Re-apply the sunscreen every couple of hours if you’re outdoors constantly. Nails are made of keratin and need protection just the way your skin does.

Jarius Tommillson

On September 20, 1988, a boy was born and deemed to create his own path. He was taught to follow his heart, and never take no for an answer. My name is Jarius and I love everything about hair, make up, nails, fashion, shoes, and most essentially writing. Join me as we voyage to nirvana through the words I write.