Springtime Nail Problems to Watch Out For
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As spring approaches, it is time to switch to open-toed shoes and pay attention to your nails. Although we look forward to bountiful harvests and colorful gardens, the season also means we should start watching out for some springtime nail problems.

Springtime Nail Problems

A well-done manicure and pedicure can make a big difference in your overall look. 

However, springtime is also the time for most people to catch up on household chores, tasks, and especially the traditionally famous 'spring cleaning.'

With a lot to do, you might start to push aside your nail care. This is why nail problems are common during springtime. Here are some things you should watch out for:

1. Unwanted Moisture

Excessive moisture can wreak havoc on your nails, especially during spring cleaning or gardening. To protect them, wear cotton-lined rubber gloves while cleaning and water-resistant gloves while gardening, applying lotion before wearing gloves. Aveda Hand Relief is a recommended hand cream due to its natural ingredients and antioxidants. Additionally, ensure your nails stay clean and dry to prevent fungal infections or weakening.

2. Dryness and Cracking

To prevent nails from becoming dry and brittle, moisturize them regularly with a good hand cream or cuticle oil. After clipping your nails, gently push back the cuticles with a cuticle stick and apply cuticle oil to cracked areas for quick healing. Use moisturizers containing plant-based emollients or vitamin E oil. Coating the outside of your nails with ridge fillers or polish can prevent splitting and breaking. Avoid nail products containing toluene or formaldehyde, and use mineral nail products when possible.

3. Sun Damage

To protect your nails from dryness and sun damage when you are out all day tending to your garden or maybe your roof, apply sunscreen regularly to your hands and feet, especially on your nails and cuticles. This helps prevent discoloration and premature aging caused by UV rays. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF, and reapply every few hours or after swimming. Consider using a sunscreen specifically formulated for hands and nails for added protection.

4. Discoloration

Discolored nails, like yellowing, can be caused by infections, reactions to products like nail polish, or underlying health issues. To tackle infections, consider natural remedies like tea tree oil or vitamin E. Prevent discoloration by practicing good nail hygiene, using a base coat with dark polish, and seeking medical advice for persistent issues. Lighter shades of nail colors give you a fresh, cheerful spring look and have lower chances of staining your nails.

5. Ingrown Nails

Ingrown nails, particularly common in toenails, occur when the nail grows into the skin, leading to pain and discomfort. Causes include improper trimming and tight footwear. To prevent ingrown nails, trim nails straight across carefully and wear comfortable shoes. Regular pedicures can also help even when you are in a rush to check all the boxes in your tasks list. Don't let ingrown toenails spoil your spring by using the right type of socks and shoes during your outdoor activities and enjoy the season pain-free.