The word manicure is derived from the Latin words manus (hand) and cura (care), so manicure means care of the hands and nails. Regular care is necessary to maintain the health and condition of the hands and nails and, for this reason, manicures are popular treatments for both men and women.
A regular maintenance program will:
- help to delay the effects of ageing
- help reduce environmental discolouration
- maintain skin tone
- improve circulation
- encourage blood supply to the muscles and skin, thus keeping their youthful appearance
Increased blood supply and nourishment will also improve nail strength, assist in the prevention of splitting and allow nails to grow longer. A regularly performed manicure will maintain a smooth nail outline, freeing the cuticle from the nail plate. This will prevent hang nail formation and create a strong free edge and a smooth, healthy, pink and flexible nail plate.
The ideal appearance of a nail is firm, slightly flexible, pink, and free from grooves, ridges and white spots, and its function is to protect the tips of the fingers and toes and to aid manual dexterity.
The appearance of the nail reflects its health, and is an indicator of the body’s health and hygiene. So a frequent manicure and pedicure are more than just beauty treats, they should be an essential part of your health routine.