Take regular care to keep your nails looking great

Our fingernails are made up of laminated layers of a protein called keratin. Healthy fingernails should be smooth and free of grooves and pits, they should match in colour, and there should be no spots or marks. There are many harmless nail conditions that can develop naturally, such as vertical ridges that run from the cuticle to the tip of the nail. Spots and white lines can develop as a result of injury, but they eventually grow out. Overall, by taking good care of your nails and treating them to manicures, you can be sure of having beautiful hands.

Moisturising the nail bed will improve the appearance of the cuticle and protect the nails from breakage. If your nails are prone to breaking, you can moisturise the cuticle with oil, which helps to reduce chipping and splitting. Avoid the use of acetone-based nail polish removers as they strip the nails and exacerbate any brittleness.

Old-fashioned metal files are much too harsh for use on nails as they cause tiny cracks and fissures that lead to tears and breakages. It is much better to file your nails with a smooth, fine file and avoid sawing back and forth. Slowly file in one direction and ensure even movements to prevent cracking.

It is important to keep your hands clean for hygiene purposes, but overdoing it can wreak havoc with the nails. If you do have to wash your hands frequently for work then be sure to moisturise as regularly as possible. Also, the use of rubber gloves will limit the contact your hands have with harsh chemicals and help to keep them soft and smooth.

Finally, treat your nails to a pampering manicure. Our beautician in Beckenham can provide you with a range of fantastic nail treatments for both the hands and feet. You can opt for a regular manicure that includes filing, shaping, cuticle work and polish. A pedicure also includes nail and cuticle work as well as massage, exfoliation and hard skin removal. Our luxury manicures and pedicures include a specialised hand and foot treatment mask, or you can indulge in our nail art treatments, a French polish or our beautiful Opi gel nails for both the hands and feet.