Nail Care

Dear World

Our Hands require attention and taking care of them is important.

Read our Hand Care blog on this website, which has a step by step guide to washing our hands.

For those that are ready to go to deep care, there is also a step by step guide that is part of a nurturing bedtime routine and the importance of this ritual is presented in the Hand Care blog.

Next –

The following is taken from the Simple Living Global Back to Basics Program –

Hand Nails

Set aside a moment with no distractions

After a shower or bath makes this job easy

Have some nail scissors and a nail file ready

Sit down where there is plenty of light

Place a towel down on the table or your lap

Put a paper towel/paper tissue on the towel

Rest one hand on the table or your legs

FOCUS your mind on what you are doing

Concentrate on the task and nothing else

Start with the right thumb then fingers

Cut following shape of the natural nail

Do not cut too short or touch the skin

Pay attention – be very care-full

Place the cut nails and tissue in trash

Then repeat above with other hand

If this task is too difficult, ask someone with a steady hand to support you.

Next –

Gentle movements needed

Use a nail file and go one way only

Sweep across and file into shape

Run fingers under the filed nail

Any rough edges, file a bit more

Wash your Hands – see our guide

Dry with towel by gently dabbing

Use cream or lotion to moisturise

Rub extra cream in if hands very dry

Pay attention to the cuticles and nail

Massage oil or cream into the actual nail and cuticle, using fingertips in a gentle anti-clockwise movement.

Remember to stay on the job and that means your mind is with the task in hand. Pun intended !

Feet Nails

Feet nails are generally hard

Always cut after a bath or shower

Have plenty of light – important

Use nail clippers for this job

Place a towel on the floor first

Put paper towel or tissue on top

Sit on the floor – get comfortable

Lean forward so you can see nail

Cut across from right to left

Do not cut off too much nail to start

Use fingertips and press to check

If nail bed is touching – stop now

If not, cut a little bit more off again

Do not cut down inside the corners

Stay very FOCUSED on this task

Next –

Use nail file to smooth out nail ridge

Apply cream to soften and moisturise

Use thumb to rub cream into nails

Pay attention to the detail of the toes

Use more cream to massage the foot

If heels are cracked, use extra cream

Use fingertips and rub into the cracks

If you want to make this more of a ritual then soak the feet in a large bowl of water – not too hot.

ADD some bath salts or bath gel and mix in with your hands and check the temperature.

Have a towel ready on the side and prepare the space around

Place the feet gently into the bowl

Leave to soak for 10 minutes

Remove one foot at a time

Remember to wipe between toes

The above is a simple step-by step practical guide that requires regular attention.

Never rush or Push and try to do it Fast or while there are other things going on.

This is about taking care of yourself and valuing this job as important as anything else in your life.

NOTE – if you notice any of the following, check in with your GP or contact a registered podiatrist:

  • Nails discoloured
  • Fungal Infection
  • Painful corns
  • Swelling
  • Lumps
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Ingrown toe nails
  • Bunions
  • Warts
  • Pain when walking


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