I understand that you guys are not all that likely to go get a manicure at the salon. Especially not at the same one where your wife or girlfriend goes. That’s OK, a professional manicure is not required to keep your hands & nails healthy (although many salons DO have ones geared towards men, and it is nice to be pampered…).
Hand & nail care is not difficult, and you are pretty much doing most of this already (I hope), but just to emphasize the key points...
You know to wash your hands often, to prevent spreading bacteria and to keep them clean. That’s a no brainer.
But here are a few quick tips for healthy hands:
- If you have a job or a hobby that gets your hands very dirty or greasy (ex. autorepair, gardening), consider getting a hand soap with pumice or exfoliants. These will get a deeper clean so you don’t have any residual dirt or grease left over after washing your hands.
- Dry your hands completely after you wash them.
- Moisturize after washing your hands. If you tend to have dry hands, you may want to go with a thicker cream.
- Don’t forget the sunscreen! If you have an outdoor job or just plan to be outside for your morning run, apply sunscreen to the back of your hands. This area is often forgotten, leading to age spots & wrinkly skin.
For your nails
- Use a nail clipper instead of whatever random sharp thing that you have been using to clip your nails! These are inexpensive, and are better to use than the mini-scissors in your travel pack because nail nippers are designed to match the natural curve of nails, which can reduce the likelihood of hangnails and ingrown nails.
- On that note, do not pull at hangnails! Not only can that make the area hurt and possible bleed, but pulling them off can lead to infection. Use the nail clipper to safely cut them off. Keeping your hands moisturized can help prevent them from starting in the first place.
- Do you have brittle nails? While more common in women than in men, guys can have brittle nails too. You can try rubbing in hand cream and/or Vaseline. We also offer a product called DermaNail that has been proven to help nails get stronger.
See? It’s easy to have healthy hands & nails.