If you?re thinking about a career in complementary therapies, spare a thought for your fingernails. Like it or not, they are one of the first things about you that your clients will notice and remember. Are they clean? Are they cared for? Are they healthy?
If a client is greeted by dirty, split and chewed fingernails, they will not feel comfortable in your hands. It seems a shame to extend a warm welcome, only for your nails to let you down.
Complementary therapies that require touch, such as Massage Therapy, necessitate short nails. They must be clean and varnish free. Using a medium-stiff nail brush, scrub the underside of your nails with soap and water every time you wash your hands. Trim nails regularly with good quality nail clippers and give them a gentle file to smooth any rough edges.
The cuticles act as a sealing barrier to help prevent infections in the nail bed. Avoid cutting them as this may encourage the skin to split and hangnails to form. These are tiny torn sections of the skin surrounding the nail.
In order to keep nails in tip top condition, always use gloves when cleaning or washing up. Detergents and cleaning products can be harsh on nails. These may weaken, dry out and crack.
Rub a little Vitamin E treatment into nails regularly and apply a topical antibacterial cream if the surrounding skin is broken and inflamed.
If you?re keen to find out more about fingernails, associated pathologies and treatments, visit The British Association of Dermatologists
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