The Significance of Having Nails
Nails provide many purposes and services. Nails shield and sustain the tissues in our fingers and toes. Nails give us the ability to scratch when we have an itch.
Our nails are made up of hardened skin cells consisting of mainly keratin. Keratin is a protein that can be found in the skin and in the hair. Nails are produced by live cells living in the toes and fingers. There is a matrix underneath the cuticle of the nails referred to as the hidden half moon, and when new skin cells grow in the matrix (hidden half moon area), the previous cells are pressed frontward and create a hardened, visible nail.
Health Disorders Can Be Detected by Looking at Nails
There are many nail disorders that result from improper and poor nail care. This is why it is so very important to develop good nail-care habits from the very start. Dermatologists recommend that consumers keep their nails clean and dry in order to maintain healthy nails. The purpose of clean and dry nails is to keep bacteria and other contagious germs from developing under the nails.
In addition, based on the condition of a person's nail, even more serious health conditions can be revealed. Doctors often look at nails during a physical check up and can detect a connecting health condition such as liver or kidney disease, anemia, diabetes, lung disease and even heart disease just by viewing the nails.
How Does a Manicure Help Nail Health?
Having a professional manicure performed regularly on your nails can be very helpful in maintaining your overall nail health. A manicure will also help to improve the look of the fingernails and hands. They also assist in the prevention of hang nails, nail damage and developing fragile tips, splits and cuts on the nails. It may also aid in the healing of broken skin around the fingernails. In addition, the massages that are often included with manicures may help to improve the skin's health by enhancing blood circulation, consequently discouraging wrinkles on the hands.
In order to maintain health nails, having a regular manicure performed on your nails and even a pedicure for your feet is a very good idea. However, it is extremely important to make sure that whoever performs your manicure is well informed on how to properly and professionally perform manicures and pedicures. It is also very important that the technician keeps all equipment clean and disinfected before each use and that the working environment is clean and sanitized as well.
What is Involved in a Professional Manicure?
A professional manicure performed properly will include washing the hands before having your manicure performed, having the nails cut straight, the use of sharp nail clippers and scissors, using cuticle oil and/or cream, rounding the nail a little at the tips to have utmost nail strength, keeping the nails free from snags and shaping well by filing them with a finely textured file. It is very important to avoid biting the nails. It is also important to leave the cuticle in tact and not to remove the cuticle. Proper nail care will also include making sure that a person's actual fingernails are well taken care of as opposed to continually catering to the look of imitation nails that are bonded and attached to the top of the actual true nail.