Thursday, March 26, 2009

Ravishing Hands… Always!

Regardless of the weather, your hectic schedule, lifestyle, or job, you can have and maintain beautiful hands. If you prefer to wear your nails natural you should visit your manicurist every 1-2 weeks. If you are an acrylic or gel nail client, you should be visiting your nail care specialist every two weeks. Although we as nail care specialist nurture your hands, it is important that you take care of them in between visits. Below are 7 quick and easy tips for keep your hands looking flawless all year long.

1. Stay Hydrated
Rub a small amount of cuticle oil, olive oil, or caster oil on your nails and around cuticles throughout the day and at night before bed. Keep a small amount with you in a leak proof bottle inside your purse, desk drawer or car. That way, you will always have it on or near your person.

2. Wear Gloves
Although they may feel uncomfortable in the beginning, wear rubber gloves when washing dishes and cleaning for protection. Cleaning agents can be harsh and drying to hands and nails. For dual action, put hand cream or moisturizer on before placing on gloves for extra hand softness.

3. Stay Dry
Dry your hands and feet for at least two minutes after washing dishes or taking a shower/bath. Leaving fingernails, toenails, and feet damp increases your risk of fungal infection.

4. Polish
Even if you do not wear color, you should wear a clear coat of nourishing nail polish. Polish helps to protect your nails from natural elements, UV rays, etc. If you wear color, a high quality base coat should be applied to prevent yellowing of the nail, and a quality top coat that will help to alleviate wearing and chipping or color.

5. Remove Polish
When removing polish, avoid polish removers with acetone or formaldehyde. They are drying to your nails. Use acetone-based removers instead.

6. File Correctly
To keep your nails at their strongest, avoid fining in a back-and-forth motion. File only in one direction. Also never file nails after being exposed to water because wet nails break more easily.

7. Massage Daily
Massaging your hands and nails increases blood supply, thus stimulating the matrix of the nail to grow.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Scientifically Proven

Nourishing your mind, body, and spirit enhances your natural glow. A healthy diet, exercise, and skin/nail routine are what produce and keep healthy and strong nails, hair, and smooth skin. In addition to those things as well as regular scheduled manicures, certain supplements can provide a constant supply of essential nutrients that you may not receive from your diet. The following have been scientifically proven to help deliver firmer and healthier nails and skin.

Healthy and Strong Nails
Biotin - is a B vitamin needed for the formation of energy yielding fatty acids and glucose, and helps with the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. It’s a water-soluble vitamin that won’t build up in the body and cause side effects. It can be found naturally in food such as liver, cauliflower, salmon, carrots, egg yolks, sardines, mushrooms, bananas, and legumes. A recent study published by a professor of clinical dermatology at Columbia University, show that daily supplementation with 2.5mg of biotin significantly improves nail strength; thus making them firmer, harder, and less likely to crack or chip.

Soft and Smooth Skin
Omega-3 Fatty Acids – have been proven in countless studies to help heal dry skin and the rough red patches of psoriasis and eczema. A published study in the British Journal of Dermatology announced that volunteers with severe dermatitis taking high levels omega-3 oils saw a 30% decrease in symptoms. Omega- 3 essential fats surround the membranes of our skin cells. Our bodies cannot produce these essential oils, therefore we must obtain them from diet or supplements in order to keep the lubricating layer that keeps skin supple. They also aid in the production of hormones that improve skin texture and help combat the inflammatory damage caused by free radicals. Omega-3s can be obtained by eating salmon, mackerel, and albacore tuna twice a week and/or by taking 1,000mg of omega-3 oils a day

Always check with your physician before beginning a supplement regimen.