As an owner of an answering service that employs mostly women, I know a thing or two about nails. The manicure is a hot topic of conversation in our office. Whenever a girl gets her nails done, her hands become the center of conversation. It got me thinking about nails. What are they? What is their purpose? What are they made of?
The nail is made of a something called keratin. Keratin is a protein. The nail was designed to help protect the ends of the fingers and the protein is what creates the hard surface of the nail. It basically acts as a shield against the world. Protecting the fingers from trauma and helping us with tasks is a function of the fingernail. Nail and hand care often is neglected, and the professional manicure is often times, not enough.
Manicuring is actually defined as the art of caring for the hands and nails. By definition, you don’t need to go to a nail salon to get a manicure, you can absolutely manicure your own nails at home. Basic, simple at home manicuring is a task that should be performed every few days. However, though an at home solution is acceptable for marginal nail care, on a monthly basis it recommended that one should see a manicure nails professional. These professionals are capable of keeping nails strong and healthy. Keeping your nails and hands healthy is far beyond a cosmetic endeavor.
Wash your Hands
Hand washing is essential in the care of hands and nails. One should wash their hands with gentle soap and warm water several times a day. In addition to washing, using a nailbrush to get dirt out from under your nails is recommended. Using a sanitizer or oil based cleaner is also a great idea for hand care.
See Your Doctor
Adhering to the following bullet point nail and hand care tips should bring your nails back to their original luster:
- file nails daily
- use a nailbrush
- trim the nails often
- use hand creams & moisturizers
- wash hands thoroughly with mild soap
- very gently push back the cuticles regularly
- soak the hands daily using warm water for five minutes
AND DO NOT BITE YOUR NAILS…PERIOD
This blog post has been provided by Nicolas D’Alleva. Nicolas is the owner of Specialty Answering Service, a medical answering service serving all variety of health care professionals.