Nailpro - December 2017 - 84

NAIL CLINIC

BY LINDA KOSSOFF

Dry
Conditions
Lack of moisture in hands and feet
can result in any of these common
problems. Here's how to not hang
your clients out to dry.

F

Dry Skin Statistics*
* More than 81 million people are affected
by dry and itchy skin from November
through March.
* About 44 million U.S. adults have experienced cracked skin on their feet.
* In the U.S., 50% more women than men
report suffering from cracked skin on
their feet.
* An estimated 31.6 million Americans
suffer from some form of eczema.
* Up to 10% of the population has hand
eczema, and twice as many women as
men have dyshidrotic eczema.
*Sources: HealthStatus, LLC, healthstatus
.com, Institute for Preventive Foot Health,
2012 National Foot Health Assessment,
ipfh.org, Lake Consumer Products, Inc.,
Mg217.com, National Eczema Association,
nationaleczema.org

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Caring for Cuticles
Most clients think of their cuticles as
annoying "extra" bits of skin that they'd
prefer were not there at all. In fact, they
are likely confusing the cuticle with the
eponychium-the strip of living skin that
borders the base of the nail plate. The
eponychium can be pushed back to
expose and remove the cuticle (which
is the scrim of non-living tissue adhered
to the nail plate itself), but the cuticle is a
small structure with an important function.
"This scrim protects the area between
the nail and epidermis, and the matrix (at
the posterior of the nail) from bacterial
invasion," explains Janet McCormick,
co-owner of Nailcare Academy in Fort
Myers, Florida.
The eponychium only becomes
pesky when it isn't properly cared for and
severe dryness results. The signs and

symptoms of severely dry eponychia may
include irritation, inflammation, itchiness,
sensitivity, roughness, flaking and scaling,
severe redness, and cracks than can
bleed. Excessive exposure to cold or
windy conditions and frequent contact
with water (such as daily dish washing)
or chemicals (such as cleaning solvents)
are common causes, as is age. "Our
body's sebaceous glands slow their oil
production as we age, causing our skin to
dry out more easily," McCormick notes.
"So, an older person will have drier skin
than a younger person who practices the
same self-care." Overall dehydration in the
body, as well as chronic illnesses, such as
diabetes, are other potential culprits.
When working on a client with dry
eponychia, first, do no harm. "Do not
cut the skin except for the flagging, 'trim
me, trim me' dry, dead areas,"

PHOTO: GETTYIMAGES/GRINVALDS

rom blurring fine lines to fading unsightly brown spots, finding solutions to our collective skincare concerns has never been
easier. Why, then, are so many nail salon clients still coming in with flaky, scaly, moisture-starved hands and feet? For starters, these extremities tend to come into contact with more elements and irritants than other parts of the body-and winter
weather can be particularly punishing. Further, dry skin is often dismissed as a minor irritation rather than a serious issue. But, as
a nail tech, you have a unique opportunity to address some of the most common conditions that may be plaguing your clients:
chronically dry cuticles, cracked heels and eczema.


http://www.ipfh.org http://www.Mg217.com http://www.nationaleczema.org

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