You probably go to great lengths to take care of your body – you eat right, exercise regularly, and invest in products that keep you healthy. If you are like many people, though, you may not be giving your hands and feet the care they need.
7. TRIM YOUR NAILS
Trimming and filing keeps your nails in good condition, which makes your hands and feet look and feel their best. Use nail clippers to trim your nails to the desired length, then file them with an emery board or crystal nail file. Use a cuticle remover and the pusher tool to maintain healthy cuticles, which are the skin tissues around your nails. Never cut your cuticles, as it could lead to skin infections.
8. TREAT HANGNAILS
A hangnail is different from an ingrown or infected nail – a hangnail is a jagged or torn piece of skin near the root of the nail. Hangnails are common and often develop as the result of dry skin. Left untreated, hangnails can lead to skin infections, which cause redness, swelling, tenderness or soreness, warmth, or even a pus-filled blister in the affected area.
Treat hangnails by soaking the hand or foot in warm water for 15 minutes up to four times a day. When the hangnail is soft from soaking, trim its edges so that it does not catch on anything. Apply moisturizer immediately after soaking. Dab a little antibiotic or anti-fungal cream on the hangnail to speed healing. A doctor can recommend topical steroids.