My care routine for hands and feet
2nd July 2014
I was a nail biter for nearly 18 years. I only stopped before starting university. It wasn’t that I wanted to bite them; I just did it without even thinking. It’s a real problem, but people think it’s something that you can give up at the click of a finger. Well, no, it isn’t.
When I did finally give up biting my nails, after many previous failed attempts, I noticed that my nails were in a horrific state. They wouldn’t grow properly because they were too weak, and constantly kept snapping off. I think this made the process of giving up even more difficult. I always felt downhearted because my nails wouldn’t grow.
Anyway, here I am, two years on with nails that I’m pretty satisfied with. They still break more often than they should put I blame that are a hard life of housework! In this post I am going to share with you not only the way I take of my hands and nails, but also the way I look after my feet. I will also share some tips for giving up the nail biting.
I have to admit, I have super soft hands. I use a hand cream by Soap and Glory called “Hand Food”.
I moisturiser my hands using this pretty much every day. I also rub it into my nails which helps to soften up the cuticles, allowing them to be pushed back easily. The smell is glorious as it is made with shea butter, macadamia oil and marshmallow.
For taking care of your nails I highly recommend Sally Hansen products. I’m particularly a fan of their clear nail polishes that I often wear when I’m not wearing any coloured polish. I find they also work well as base and top coats.
I’m currently using Super Shine which is technically a top coat. However, as I mentioned above, I often wear it on its own to protect my nails and give them a bit of shine. I also use it as a base coat.
I’m letting you into a secret here. I use to wear this for work when I worked in a supermarket. When you work with food you aren’t allowed to wear nail polish but my nails got so tatty without it. So I wore clear polish, and nobody noticed.
For nail biters!
Sally Hansen Hard As Nails is a fantastic clear polish that I recommend for those trying to give up biting their nails. It improves the strength of your nails so they don’t break as much.
But, if you need some real help, you could try Stop & Grow (available from Boots). It’s basically a polish that you paint on, and whenever you put your fingers in your mouth you get a foul taste. The benefit of this is that it doesn’t look like a polish (i.e. not shiny) so men can get away with wearing it too.
The downside of it, and the reason why I stopped using it, is that even when you put your fingers in your mouth to get a piece of food out of your teeth, for example, you still get the foul taste. It’s gets a bit annoying after a while.
Our poor feet take a really beating with all that walking we do, not to mention other exercises. It’s important that we look after them.
Personally, I like to fill up a bowl of warm water, add a little shower gel in and then leave my feet to soak while watching TV.
I don’t moisturise my feet quite as much as my hands; perhaps every two to three days. I use Heel Genius, another great product my Soap and Glory. It’s great at cooling and soothing your feet, so I highly recommend using it when you’ve been on your feet all day. It has a refreshing minty smell which instantly gets rid of most nasty smelling odours.
Similarly to when I use Hand Food on my hands, I rub Heel Genius into my toes, helping to push the cuticles back. Soaking your feet in warm water prior to doing this also helps to soften up the skin around your nails, and makes the whole process a lot less painful.
P.S. I used my new camera for this post. It’s a beast!