Caring for your toe nails
Top toe nail tips for summer ready feet…
Summer is coming…
We’ve put together the following tips to help you keep your feet and nails in great condition…
1) Keep them at a length no longer than the tip of your toe. If they get too long they can snag or break which can damage the nail and the nail bed underneath. Also cutting them too short can be painful so find a happy medium.
2) When you cut your nails cut them straight across. Try not to dig down the sides. Using a nail file will prevent you doing this and keep the nail well shaped. If you have any pain down the sides consider using a tiny bit of oil to soften where the skin and nail meet but at this point you really need to see a podiatrist.
3) Make sure your footwear doesn’t push on your toes. This can lead to damage which in turn can thicken your nails over time. A deep and wide enough toe box is always recommended.
4) Thickened nails can be tricky to deal with and you are often much better off seeing a podiatrist to get these sorted. Bathing them in salt water before you cut them can be helpful however.
5) Nail varnish….This is a difficult topic however the bottom line is, it’s never a good idea to varnish your nails. However, if you do wish to pretty your nails up then make sure you test the nail varnish if you have sensitive skin as there are loads of chemicals in these products that you may react to. Also remove it regularly with an acetone free remover if possible and moisturise your nail and cuticle with an oil and leave the nails varnish free for a few weeks in between painting.
There are now also products that are “non -toxic” or “12 free” which means they are free of 12 chemicals we commonly see in nail varnish that are deemed to be dangerous to human health…however there is as yet no medical evidence that has proved that the chemicals in nail varnish are absorbed in high enough doses to damage your health.
Have a look at the video below for more information on nail care
Follow these tips and your nails should be summer ready out of lockdown.