Summer spotlight on hands

Pretty, trendy coral from CND in ShellacThis season’s hot new nail colours put the spotlight on hands. Whether yours look fabulous, or sloppy and unprofessional, it is easy to make your hands look beautiful.
If you do not have the time or budget for a regular manicure, learn to do it yourself. Wear polish in a clear or light neutral colour. Polish on natural nails will chip in less than a week, no matter who applies it. When it chips, repair it immediately. If you want a trendy dark coloured polish, try a shellac mani, but make sure the light used to cure it is LED. Be aware that shellac manis can make thin nails even thinner and more brittle.
I like to have a bottle of any colour I wear on hand for repairs or quick redo. Or, remove the polish and replace it with a quick coat of clear to protect your nails.
Chipping happens when you use your nails as a tool, so don’t. It also occurs when you get your nails wet; they can swell up, causing small cracks in the polish. This happens when you wash, do chores, or shampoo – so it is sometimes inevitable. Learning to polish your own nails or repair a chip is easy. It will save you time, energy, and money, too. At the very least, get a bottle of remover and some clear nail lacquer to keep things neat between appointments.
Age spots, wrinkles, and old-looking hands are a bit harder to fix, but easy to prevent. Like your face, hands respond to care.
 
Tips from a top plastic surgeon
Dr. Gerald Imber is a leading plastic surgeon in New York, and one our most valued anti-aging experts (
www.drimber.com). He shares his tips to keep hands looking beautiful and ageless:
 
A manicure with a rich, creamy fast-absorbing moisturizer contianing SPF 30 to soften and protect.
 
A gentle hand massage using a rich anti-oxidant serum preceded by a scrub and a warm towel to exfoliate dry skin.
 
The gift of a good night’s sleep is priceless.
 
Everyday housekeeping tasks can accelerate brown spots and ageing –protect hands while doing chores.

 

Costly procedures are not the best route to pretty hands
Dr. Imber believes that cosmetic procedures performed on the hands don’t always lead to the fountain of youth. He tells patients that peels, laser resurfacing, and fat injections sometimes work very well, but not always, and not for everyone.
 
The bestpolicy is prevention. The three steps important for the preventative treatment of aging hands are: sun block, antioxidant serum, and exfoliation.
 
When all three steps are applied regularly, hands will look younger and feel beautiful. "We guide our patients to use Youth Corridor (www.youthcorridor.com) Antioxidant Boost along with Soothe and Defend moisture/sun block, both of which deliver great results," Dr. Imber says.
 
He believes that diligent daily care can help retain the firmness, radiance, and overall beauty of the skin. In addition, self-help and small procedures done earlier can stop the clock and have proven successful for decades. 
 
Manicure dos and don’ts
Whether you do your nails at home or go to a nail shop, here is a checklist for healthy and gorgeous nails:
 
Do always use base coat or a coat of clear on nails to protect them from the elements or polish pigments.
Do choose polishes that are free of the harmful chemicals. We love OPI, Nicole, London Butter, Essie, and Chanel polish. Be sure to use a top coat with a sunscreen to prevent yellowing.
Do make sure anyone who works on your nails uses only fresh, clean disinfected tools or new ones, or bring your own tools with you.Keep your own tools spotless.
Do always have nail polish remover at home to get rid of any chipped polish.
Don’t let anyone cut your your cuticles. Cuticles are there to protect your nail bed from infection and damage. You can trim hang nails, but cutting and rough treatment can lead to nail damage and fungus. Be gentle. Instead, rely on cuticle remover and oil to keep hands looking good. We love Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Cuticle Eraser + Balm.
Don’t leave dark polish or acrylic nails on for weeks without proper upkeep that is how nail problems begin. Change all polish weekly. Have all types of nail services such acrylics or gels maintained regularly, or refrain from using them at all. Clean short shiny nails look better than a so-called glam nail that’s neglected.
Don’t put your hands under UV nail dryers. They may cause skin cancer, just like tanning beds. If you choose a shellac manicure, be sure the light used to cure it is LED. Cancer on nails has been seen in frequent users. Ask to dry your nails with a fan, if you use regular polish.

Summer nail colour trends are a fun, easy, and inexpensive way to try on a trend. So try them all.
Shimmering metallic – this will sparkle at an event or in a club
Sea blue and greens – fun for play
Violets – pretty on almost everyone
Seductive red or a classic coral – we like these sexy but elegant colours for both the office and date nights
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