March Mani Monday! Spring Break Super Prep: Preparing Nails, Hands and Feet For the Motion of the Ocean

Prepare your nails, hands and feet for spring break!  The motion of the ocean does serious wear and tear while you’re swimming the surf and basking in the sun.

Serious spring break preparation and good habits to adapt to everyday life

  • Drink, drink, drink!  Water is always the number one recommendation, but fruit juices, vegetable juices, and caffeine-free coffees and teas are great sources of hydration as well.  Continually quenching your thirst will prevent you from getting dehydrated in addition to keeping your skin, nails and cuticles moisturized.  Remember, nail health does not stop at your nails, but runs skin deep – your hands and feet play an essential role.
    • Tired of water that always tastes the same?  Try adding lemons and raspberries for a sweet and sour flavor.  Cucumbers provide a fresh, crisp taste.  Mint adds lots of sweetness that will keep your breath cool.
    • Fun foods down by the sea.  You are what you eat.  Of course your diet has a tremendous effect on your nails and skin.  Adding these super foods and nutrients to your meals will keep your skin healthy and stimulate nail strength and growth.
      • Fish – Oily fish, like salmon, and algae oil supplements contain DHA (docosahexaenoic acid).  DHA is recommended to reduce itching, redness and inflammation, but is an overall aid to keep skin moisturized and glowing.
      • Hemp – Like fish, hemp is high in essential fatty acids.  Hemp is also a complete protein and contains silica.  All three benefits are great for nails, skin and cuticles.
      • Flaxseed – Like fish, flaxseed is high in essential fatty acids.  Flaxseed contains both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, great for dry, brittle nails.
      • Cacao – Is a small bean, rich in antioxidants that protect skin from sun damage, wrinkles and skin discolorations.


Basking in the sun

  • Sunscreen!  Similar to staying hydrated, we cannot emphasize this enough.  SPF 15 should be worn on a daily basis and SPF 30 or higher will be best for relaxing on the beach.  Remember to reapply every two hours and immediately after exiting the ocean or a pool.  Hands and feet are often missed, but are extremely painful when burned.  Thoroughly rub sunscreen into cuticles to retain moisture and protect from harmful rays.
  • Fashion forward.  In addition to your cute bikini, show pals you’re being fashion fabulous and skin conscious.  Wear a cover up while sitting pretty in the sun, and remember to pack your sunnies and a wide-brimmed hat.


Swimming in the surf

  • Salty situation.  To protect your nails from the salty and sandy ocean, apply a strengthener before hitting the beach.  This will prevent the ocean elements from thinning and tearing nails.
  • Wading in the water.  After catching some gnarly waves, be sure to rinse off and moisturize.  Although salt water can do wonders to hair, it often dries out skin.  Prevent your hands, feet and cuticles from drying out with a quick shower and a lotion containing SPF.

Nails, hands and feet are more than a mere accessory.  As fun as it is to decorate your digits, remember they are protectors and reflections of your overall health.  Keeping your fingers and toes in tiptop condition will provide long term benefits.

Photo and article courtesy of Cutex

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