Monday, April 15, 2024

5 Ways To Do A French Tip

 Here is a video of 5 different ways you can apply a french tip to your nails! 

Friday, April 12, 2024

What Is A Hangnail And How Do You Prevent Them Altogether

Long, short, oval or stiletto, like your hands, your fingernails can tell people a lot about who you are and what you do with them. They can give others clues into your unique personality and even any dirty little habits you may keep like biting or picking at your nails and skin.

Nail biting and picking at your nails and cuticles, the soft nail bed surrounding it, can be a costly habit that can lead to small pieces of torn skin at the root of your fingernails—and yes, sometimes even your toenails.

The small pieces of skin that form are called hangnails. Although its name implies that you have a piece of nail hanging off, this is a misnomer. A hangnail is actually a piece of cuticle skin. While these can be a nuisance from time to time, hangnails can also lead to an infection called paronychia.

“Paronychia is inflammation that involves the tissue (skin) on the side or at the base of the fingernail,” said Samia Kadri, a Banner Health family nurse practitioner. “It’s common for hangnails to become infected due to the bacteria and germs our hands come in contact with daily.”

What causes hangnails?

Hangnails are a sign that the skin around your fingernails is lacking oil. Anything that causes dry skin, like frequently washing your hands (which we should always do!), dry, winter weather and harsh chemicals, like hand sanitizer or cleaning products, can deplete oil in your skin and contribute to hangnail growth.

“Manicuring or cutting the nail too short, nail biting and picking at or cutting your cuticle can also lead to hangnails and infections,” Kadri said. “This causes a weaker nail bed, which triggers hangnail growth.”

If you suck your thumb, are prone to ingrown nails, have diabetes or are immunocompromised, you may also be at risk for developing hangnails.

How can I prevent hangnails?

Now that you know the causes and how to treat a hangnail, let’s talk about how you can avoid them altogether.

Here are some tips:

  • Resist the urge to pick at your cuticles and bite your nails.
  • Don’t cut your cuticles, even when you have them cut by a nail tech. Instead, soak the cuticles with warm water and gently push them back with a tool designed for this purpose.
  • Moisturize your hands and cuticles daily.
  • Avoid using harsh soaps and chemicals like acetone.
  • Wear gloves when house cleaning, washing dishes and gardening.
  • Put on gloves when going outside in cold weather.
  • Drink lots of water and eat a well-balanced diet.

Hangnails can be a real pain, but they can also be prevented by keeping your skin moisturized and making simple lifestyle changes.


Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Self-Care Tips to Soothe Aching Feet at Home

A long day at work or play can leave you with sore feet, but you can take steps to prevent foot pain and soothe your aching feet.

Common Causes;

  • Foot structure: Flat feet, high arches, or arthritis (painful joints that don't move easily)
  • Injury: Strains, sprains, and other kinds of damage
  • Obesity: Strain on ligaments, muscles, and joints from being overweight
  • Overuse: Too much walking or standing, especially on hard surfaces1
  • Pregnancy: Hormonal changes that make ligaments loose and stretchy
  • Poorly fitting shoes: Footwear that is too loose, too tight, or too narrow for your feet2

8 Ways to Soothe Foot Pain

Besides kicking back and giving your feet a rest, here are some remedies that can help ease the ache of tired feet:

Use Moist Heat

One of the best remedies for relaxing sore muscles is a foot bath.3 Soak your feet in a basin of warm water or a foot spa for five to 10 minutes.

Adding Epsom salts to the water can be extra relaxing. You can find Epsom salts in the first aid or foot care section of drug stores and big box retailers. Sprinkle 1 to 2 tablespoons into a gallon of warm water. If your feet are swollen, hot, or tired, use cool water instead of warm. Afterward, elevate your feet for a half hour or more.

Stretch Your Feet

Stressed muscles may contract or spasm. To relieve this tightness, stretch your feet. A good time to stretch is after a warm soak, when your muscles are relaxed. Sit in a comfortable position. Gently roll your ankles and toes in circles. You can use your hands or an exercise band to stretch tight places on your feet and ankles.

To include your calf muscles, try a runner's stretch. Stand several feet away from a wall or counter. Lean forward, placing your hands against the wall. You should feel a good stretch along the back sides of your legs. Do each stretch for 10 to 20 seconds for the best results.

Give Your Feet a Workout

Exercises will help strengthen your ankles, feet, and toes.

Try these moves:

  • Pick up objects with your toes and move them from one pile to another.
  • Rise up on your toes, lifting your heels off the ground.
  • Do ankle pumps, moving your foot up and down.
  • Roll the bottom of your foot on a frozen water bottle, a tennis ball, or a golf ball. 

Try Touch Therapy

Apply oil or lotion to the soles of your feet. Then massage them, pressing gently in any sore areas. Focus on the plantar fascia, the cord-like band that runs along the length of the arch from the ball of your foot to the heel.

To find the plantar fascia, flex your toes upward. You should be able to feel it if you follow the underside of your big toe down through the arch. Keeping your plantar fascia relaxed is a good idea. It acts as a shock absorber when your feet hit the ground. In fact, if your heels are sore, then tight or injured plantar fascia may be the cause.

Wear Arch Supports

Over-the-counter arch supports for your shoes may bring you some relief. Arch supports will help decrease the shock that your feet experience with every step. If your heel and the ball of the foot are sore, full-length arch supports can cushion them.

Check Your Shoes

To prevent foot pain, your shoes need to be the right size and shape. The next time you're in a shoe store, take a moment to have your feet measured. Your footwear needs may have changed. You may need to switch the style or size of your shoes if:

  • A bunion, hammertoe, or other condition has changed your foot shape
  • A neuroma has formed around a nerve, causing you pain
  • You've started a new type of exercise
  • Your foot size has changed as you've grown older
  • Sandals with too little support are causing foot fatigue
  • You're on your feet more than you used to be
Keep in mind that a loose shoe can also cause foot soreness. When your feet slide around in your shoes, blisters or black toenails can develop. You may also need new shoes if worn-out soles are changing how your feet hit the ground.

Trim Calluses and Corns

The hard, dry skin of calluses and corns can put pressure on the bottom of your foot. Your feet may crack, bleed, or become infected.

First, soak your feet in warm water for a few minutes. Dry them and use a pumice stone or emery board on the hard spots. Apply moisturizing lotion or cream. Then put on socks to seal in the added hydration.

Consider Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine practice. There is some evidence that acupuncture helps with foot pain, though more research is needed to confirm the benefits. This is a more holistic approach to mend your pain.

Foot soreness can be caused by your shoes, your foot's structure, a health condition, or your daily activities. You may be able to ease foot pain with warm foot soaks, massage, stretches, or acupuncture. If your shoes are part of the problem, you may want to work with a professional to make sure the style, size, and support are right for you.


Saturday, April 6, 2024

Every Method of Nail Polish Removal (19 Methods)


Jess Chia, Allure's Executive Beauty Director, tries out almost every method of nail polish removal, including using acetone, non-acetone remover, cream remover, vodka, toothpaste, Windex, perfume, deodorant, acetone pads, hairspray and more methods. Find out what method might be the best method for you.

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

What Are Corns On Feet?

Corns on the feet are bumps that consist of thick, hardened layers of skin. They tend to form on bony areas of the feet, especially on the tops and sides of toes. Some foot corns have a hard center, also called a core. The bumps are typically round and relatively small. Friction and pressure on the feet are the most common causes of corns. Wearing shoes that slip and rub against the skin on the feet can result in a corn. Shoes that squeeze the feet can also cause corns.

There are three different types of corns:

  • Hard corns are the most common type of foot corn. As the name suggests, hard corns feel hard to the touch. They form most often on the tops of toes.
  • Soft corns are pliable and soft to the touch. They usually form between toes.
  • Seed corns are very small and typically form on the soles of feet.

Contrary to popular belief, corns are not the same thing as calluses although the two are often confused. While both corns and calluses form because of friction and pressure, and both consist of hardened skin, there are some key differences.

  • Calluses are more common on the soles of the feet while corns are more common on the tops and sides of the toes.
  • Calluses tend to be large, covering a significant area of the sole of the foot. Corns, on the other hand, tend to be small.
  • Corns are often painful to the touch while calluses aren’t usually tender or sensitive.
  • There’s often inflammation on or around a corn while calluses don’t usually become inflamed. 


Foot corns form due to pressure and friction against bony areas of the feet, usually the toes. The most common culprit of foot corns is ill-fitted shoes that are too loose or too tight. Loose shoes can cause the foot to slide around and rub against the shoe. Tight shoes, on the other hand, can squeeze the feet, including the toes, causing pressure.

Socks that don’t fit right and slip around can cause friction. Wearing shoes without socks can also lead to friction since the foot doesn’t have a protective layer between the skin and shoe.

Individuals with health conditions that cause abnormal alignment of the bones in the feet may be at a higher risk of corns. These conditions include arthritis, bunions and hammertoes.