The New Year may have brought a fresh start to healthy lifestyle habits but it is apparent that the flu season is flourishing further than many have expected.
Frequently washing hands under heated water for at least a full sixty seconds is an obvious way to combat the spread of germs but treating the hands with attention to detail is an easy way to guard the body. Healthy eating and a flu shot may be proper protectors from the airborne environmental stressors that cause symptoms of illness but there is an underrated beauty secret that may help to control sickness. Look at your nails, and you may find the cause of prolonged or recurrent sickness.
Protect cuticles with a special shield of hydrating hand cream or a specialized cuticle treatment to nourish and strengthen the nail beds. Hands are exposed to numerous elements and because of frequent washing and sanitizing; they naturally thirst for continuous hydration. Especially in the dry winter months, the cuticles and skin surrounding nail beds can easily be cracked and rough. It takes less than two minutes to coat all ten fingernails with a nutrient rich cream, oil or a balm. Use the same procedure to nurture dry winter feet and nails.
To avoid unwanted cuticle ruptures, never cut the cuticles or push back the skin while dry. Doing either of those actions will most certainly result in split cuticles, giving bacteria an easy entry into the body. There lies the spread of an unwanted virus. Apply a small amount of cuticle remover to soften the area and gently push back the excess skin with a manicure tool. Follow with a good hand wash and massage a generous amount of hand cream from the wrists to fingertips.
Cheers to good health in 2013!