Pinks Boutique: How to care for your hands and nails in summer

The first glint of sun after a long, dark winter signals a time to brighten up our wardrobes and add that splash of colour to our nails.

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The first glint of sun after a long, dark winter signals a time to brighten up our wardrobes and add that splash of colour to our nails.




Summer is an important time to look after our hands. The first rule has to be sun protection - always use a hand cream with a minimum SPF 20 and reapply frequently throughout the day. And, a top tip when at home is to apply hand cream when you slip on the rubber gloves.




Always try to exfoliate and moisturise at least once a week - the best time is last thing at night when you can also give your hands a gentle massage at the same time.




Healthy nails should be pink, flexible and strong, whereas poor nails peel, flake, have deep ridges, chip and crack easily, are rigid and prone to snapping.




Also, look out for white spots on your nails which can indicate a zinc deficiency in your diet. You can boost your intake of this important mineral by eating zinc-rich foods such as: asparagus, oysters, turkey, alfalfa, sprouts, mushrooms and brown rice.




Nails should be trimmed rather than filed down to size. Soak them in warm water for five minutes, before cutting with nail scissors, either straight across, or with a slight curve. File off rough edges with a non-metallic, cushioned file.




Use an acetone-free nail polish remover, and look out for those that have moisturising ingredients such as jojoba oil. Before applying varnish use a vitamin-enriched base coat, which will give an even surface for your chosen colour, and prevent staining. Once the base coat is totally dry, apply your varnish in three or four strokes only, leaving a fine line down both sides of the nail.




These spaces can, if you wish, be filled with your second coat, but if your nails are quite short, the gaps create the illusion of longer nails. Watch out for quick-drying polishes. Although they can be tempting, especially if you are pushed for time, they tend to dry out nails.

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Top five nail tips from Kirstie Sherriff of Pink's Boutique

• 1. Get your Gloves on. No one likes cold hands. Apart from being chilly the cold slows blood circulation decreasing nail growth and shine. So wear gloves to keep warm and keep the blood flowing to those extremities. Also, make sure you use washing-up gloves. Your nails do not like over-exposure to water and cleaning agents; they all dry and dull your nail plates.

• 2. Have a Break. Your nails tend to suffer in the early months of the year as you spend December in party mode, with glam-coloured nails. Take a break from nail varnish, UV polishes and nail hardeners as they dry out the nail plate leaving it lackinlacking in shine and more likely to peel. Polishes and UV polishes are not good for your nails. After all, varnish is a dehydrating chemical and, just like your skin, your nails need moisture. Use the rest time to ply your nails with our rich Cuticle Oil and Pinks Boutique Hand Balm.

• 3. Massage your Hands and Feet. Your nails will often look unhealthy and dull before anything else as they are on your extremities. Massaging your hands and feet is perfect for increasing circulation and aiding anti-ageing. Do it yourself, or better yet, get someone else to use our Pinks Boutique Indonesian Oil on your hands or Himalayan Oil to refresh and revive tired feet and tootsies.

• 4. Scrub your Nails. During all Pinks Boutique Manicure treatments, we will scrub your nails with fresh limes. Limes are anti-bacterial, whitening and freshening; perfect to combat winter dullness. You can achieve the same effect at home by using PiPinks Boutique Organic Cuticle Oil, infused with our hero Rose Mosquetta Oil, full of omega acids and excellent for rebuilding cell membranes. Alternatively, you can use the Spa Locator on our website to find a Pinks Boutique Celebrated Spa near you so one of our Pinks Boutique Therapists can show you how it is done.

• 5. Use Cuticle Oil. The vast majority of cuticle oils are based on cheap almond oil which means they smell like marzipan. Look out instead for carrot oil, rose hip, evening primrose and jojoba. All of which are rich and nourishing (and nut-free). Although it comes in a small bottle, a drop of Pinks Boutique Cuticle Oil will cover all the fingers on one hand. Another sign of the concentration of goodness inside every Pinks Boutique Organic skincare product.

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