Constantly washing your hands and using hand sanitizer can leave your hands feeling dry and nails brittle while we are in lockdown.
Fingernails are made up of a strong protein called keratin which requires plenty of hydration and, according to Optiphi head of training, Stephanie-Anne Dickinson. “Like with collagen and elastin in our skin, without hydration the fingernails would be weak and brittle. A proper hydrated cuticle and nail bed allows for strong and flexible nails. without hydration the fingernails would be weak and brittle. A proper hydrated cuticle and nail bed allows for strong and flexible nails.”
The world health organization requires a minimum of 60% alcohol in hand sanitizers to be effective against the virus. “With the knowledge of effects of hand sanitizers on the hands and nails, our team of experts added humectants to help minimize the
drying effect that alcohol has on the skin. The added glycerine, jojoba oil and cucumber extract leaves your hands feeling clean yet nourished and soft.”
Try out these easy home remedies to help sooth your hands:
1. Cucumber is a natural moisturizer which includes vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and caffeic acid. To treat your nails, grate cucumber and apply over the cuticles. Wrap in glove/cling wrap for added comfort for 20 minutes and rinse hands with lukewarm water.
2. Coconut oil includes many fatty acids and antioxidants that protects the skin. It comes with antibacterial and antifungal properties that protects your skin from infections. As a day-time treatment before applying your gloves, apply one teaspoon of coconut oil to your nails and hands generously and allow to set. At night before bed apply to the hands and do not remove, let it dry up on its own.
3. If you have Optiphi’s products at home, an effective treatment for irritation and sensitive skin is their luxurious Body Curve Calm Balm. This product soothes any sensitivity and strengthens the skin’s natural defenses to tolerate stress better. Alternatively, protect your potentially compromised barrier with their Body Lotion. This lotion is packed with allantoin and imperata cylindrical extract promoting
skin vitality daily.