Cancer treatment can sometimes render nails, nail beds and surrounding skin more fragile and prone to infection. Here’s how to pamper and protect your hands (and your feet, too).
- Avoid cutting your cuticles. Instead, use cuticle cream to help combat dryness, splitting and hangnails.
- Moisturize with rich hand cream.
- Keep nails short.
- If you’d like to use polish, soft, neutral shades of pink will lend a healthy- looking finish.
- Use an oily acetone-free polish remover.
- If you’re trying a new salon, call ahead to find out whether the staff has worked with – or knows what to expect with – clients undergoing treatment for cancer.
- Avoid acrylic nails or wraps as bacteria can get trapped in the space behind the acrylic nail or wrap, leading to infection.
- Wear rubber gloves while doing chores as excessive exposure to water can lead to fungal infection of the nail bed.