As a trainee beauty therapist I'm trying to religiously put into practice what I'm now preaching by looking after my skin again, drinking plenty of water, cleansing toning and moisturising religiously twice a day as my mother taught me to do nearly 40 years ago! It's now also time to do the same to my hands!
I am now regularly moisturising my hands after washing, continuously pushing up the cuticles to ensure my nail is looking as good as it possibly can, using oils to help the cuticles remain soft, filing my nails and wearing nail polish or, mainly, shellac. I'm trying to remember to wear gloves when doing housework but, hey, I'm only human!
It struck me the other day whilst carrying out a manicure for a client that not everyone knows the difference between the various manicures that are available to us.
American manicure is a more natural look with the nail shaped to a more rounded finish and often has pale pink nail polish applied to the nail with white being applied to the tips.
File and polish is basically what it says on the tin! A neatening of the nail and cuticle with nail polish applied including top and base coats with the customer's choice of colour.
French polish is similar to the american but nails tend to be shaped in the squoval (square and oval) manner. Painted neutrally in beige or pink and the tips in white.
Luxury manicure includes general nail care with scrub, mask, massage and application of nail polish or shellac.
Paraffin wax manicure is when warm paraffin wax is applied to the hands and nails to soften, moisturise and condition. It also helps people suffering with arthritis and rheumatism. The heat helps increase blood flow and relax the muscles, which can help relieve pain caused by arthritis, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia. It's also great at softening hard skin.
Shellac polish is a special chip resistant 'gel' varnish which is applied and set by using an UV lamp which helps to harden the polish making you ready to go immediately. This should last for up to two weeks. Please resist the temptation to peel off as it can damage your nail making them soft and easy to tear.
Remember to wear gloves when mucking out the horse, doing the housework, cleaning the car, etc as this will help to prolong the life of your nail polish and protect your hands. Moisturise often and, if wearing nail polish, if you add further top coats this will make your polish longer lasting.