Your busy summer lifestyle is likely doing a number on your nails. Exposure to salt, sand, humidity, and chlorine as well as damage caused by outdoor activities like gardening all contribute to nails that are less than a perfect 10. Correct the problem with this smart summer nail health regimen.
Apply Protective Topcoat Before Swimming
Not only does a heavy-duty clear topcoat protect your polish from the effects of chlorine, but it also prevents the chemical from weakening your nails and drying out cuticles. Look for a formula that also provides UV protection against the sun’s rays. You may also want to try a nail-strengthening product, available in both topical and oral formulas.
Hydrate and Nourish Skin and Nails
Oils and creams designed to smooth your hands and nourish your nails are a must-add to your summer beauty routine. They help mitigate the drying effects of sun and swimming. Use acetone-free nail polish only, since the regular kind can make dry skin and nails worse. Drinking plenty of water also plays an important role in skin and nail health.
Choose Spas Wisely
Who doesn’t love a pedicure with a pop of bright polish for summer? Before treating yourself, however, make sure you choose a spa that disinfects instruments between clients. Better yet, bring your own tools. Avoid having a pedicure if you have cuts, scratches, or bug bites on your feet since this can increase the risk of a fungal infection.
Although it can be tempting to go barefoot, avoid doing so in public. Wear supportive shoes that protect your feet from injury. Even at the pool or spa, wear shower shoes since these wet, warm sites are a breeding ground for bacteria.
At The Dermatology Clinic in Baton Rouge, our experienced doctors will examine your nails and skin and provide recommendations to keep them as healthy as possible. Request an appointment at one of our locations using our convenient online form.