When you think of self-care, most people picture facials and massages, but a major part of caring for yourself is maintaining healthy nail care habits. We do everything with our hands so it’s common for them to get a little beat up throughout the week. From typing all day to carrying grocery bags, hands go through a lot! For 2023 we are all about the hygiene and gentle care of our nails. Here are the top 5 items to incorporate in your routine for better looking and healthier nails all 2023.
1. KEEPING NAILS CLEAN & DRY
According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, keeping nails dry and clean are the best defense against fungi and infections. You don’t have to get weekly manicures to maintain unsoiled nail beds.
2. KICK NAIL BITING TO THE CURB
As a general rule, never put your hands in your mouth, but that’s easier said than done as 30% of Americans are nail-biters. This compulsion doesn’t just affect nails. Nail biting can cause teeth, gums, and overall oral infections among other problems. If you’re part of the nail-biting crew, you should stop to avoid any of the before-mentioned consequences.
3. SWITCHING TO POLY GEL FROM ACRYLIC IS ALSO IN THIS YEAR
Polygel is a puddy-like product that is easier to shape than acrylic. It is also healthier for you as there is no mixing or harsh chemicals and has no strong odor. Just like acrylic it comes in different colors and can be used for nail extensions or on a tip.
4. WE’RE NOT CUTTING OUR CUTICLES IN 2023
The AAD also recommends not cutting your cuticles. Pushing your cuticles back and keeping them moisturized is what we’re seeing more of.
5. SWITCHING TO A CRYSTAL NAIL FILE & NON-ACETONE POLISH REMOVER
The last one is a twofer. If you haven’t already, you should definitely switch to an acetone-free polish remover, it’s 2023! We’re leaving harsh chemicals behind for obvious reasons. We’re also abandoning legacy processes like filing with an emery board as they cause microscopic breaks in the nail bed.
If you stick to these tips, nail problems will stay in 2022 with the rest of our old bad habits.