5 Ways to Care for Your Hands Every Day


Give Yourself a Mini-cure

Hey! Stop that!
Hey! Stop that!
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A manicure may be a mood-elevating treat or preparation for a special occasion. Most of us won't get a manicure every day, but we can give ourselves a mini-cure, or the little things that help keep nails healthy and attractive. For example:

  • Don't bite your fingernails.
  • Use moisturizer on your nails as well as on your skin. For an extra treat at night, warm a favorite essential oil and give your nails a therapeutic soak.
  • Don't cut cuticles, push them back too far or use chemicals on them.
  • When cuticles are soft and moist, push them back gently with a soft cloth.
  • Buff nails with a soft cloth.
  • If nails become discolored, stop using polish for a while.
  • The acetone in nail polish remover can damage nails, so use it sparingly.
  • Keep your nails clean.
  • Prepare your nails and cuticles for grooming by cutting a lemon in half, sticking your fingernails inside and twisting them around to clean them.
  • Use a file with a fine texture to shape nails and remove snags.
  • File nails to a rounded point to preserve their strength.

Need more ideas to help your hands every day? Read on.