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[Dip and Shake] OPI Powder Perfection

What is that?
The SNS dip powder has become quite popular recently in the manicure industry. This product gives a smooth and even finish to the nails. It looks like acrylic but does not require UV curing.

OPI Powder Perfection is easy to use. After a basic mani, simply buff the nails. Apply base coat and let dry. Then did the nail in color powder. Pull finger out and dip back into the color powder twice. Then, one more dip in clear powder. Use a sponge file to smooth out the surface. Then, finish up with a top coat.

Keep in mind to complete one nail at a time. Rushing through may just en up with a mess. Enjoy!

Can wearing Pointed Toe Shoes cause Hallux Valgus?

Hallux Valgus 拇趾外翻

What is trendy this season? Besides pastels and floral, pointed toe shoes have been big hits on catwalks and runways. However, behind the glamorous style, there is a myth thatthese shoes may lead to hallux valgus. According to the definition, Hallux valgus is a deformity condition that the big toe tilts toward the smaller toes by more than 15°.

A professional physical therapist pointed out that, there is no medical evidence that pointed toe shoes can really cause hallux valgus. However, since the shoes are so tight they squeeze the feet and cause pain. The problem of hallux valgus is mainly structural. A person with flat feet or tight heel tendons can easily have hallux valgus. When the person stands up all walks, too much pressure comes down and cause the big toe to tilt. This will hurt a lot. Applying ice for 10 to 15 minutes then massage the feet can help. Splints or insoles are also good ideas.

If the toes are hurting too much, you may try Rainbow Nails aromatherapy foot massage. It will improve circulation and relieve tightness on the feet. Have a proper posture can also help!

尖頭鞋會令腳趾公外翻?

拇趾外翻
拇趾外翻

今年夏季最流行的時尚,除了粉色和花花這些標準答案外,一定必數尖頭鞋!各大品牌今季均推出尖頭鞋設計,橫行各大天橋。但在時尚的背後,不少人都認為平日穿尖頭鞋會導致大拇趾 (腳趾公) 外翻。根據定義,足部大拇趾往小趾 (腳趾尾) 方向彎曲角度大於15°,就可算是拇趾外翻。

有專業物理治療師指出,拇趾外翻跟尖頭鞋未必有關:「醫學上仍未有實證確定把尖頭鞋和拇趾外翻連上關係,只是拇趾外翻患者穿尖頭鞋會因受壓而產生痛楚。」他補充,拇趾外翻主要成因是腳形結構問題,例如扁平足和腳跟筋腱過緊等,患者站立或走路時腳掌受力,拇趾便會因而受壓並向外翻,形成拇趾外翻。「患者可冰敷痛楚位置10至15分鐘並加以按摩作紓緩,或是用上一些矯正腳套及鞋墊也有幫助。」

遇上腳趾漲痛,也可試一下我們新推出的芳香足部按摩療法,能夠促進血液循環,加強新陳代謝功能,舒緩腳部壓力,大家平時也不妨留意一下走路的姿勢啊!

[Summer is yet to go] OPI Neon Collection Nail Lacquer 2019

Summer is still here and it is time to hit the beach. OPI’s Neon Collection 2019 nail lacquer has six hot shades to match with summer outfits. Whether you are in a long beach dress or sexy bikini, OPI neons are the best choice for your nails.

Gelato Nail Sticker: Another Great Help for Nail Art Novice

Sometimes, it is too hard to squeeze up any time for A trip to the salon. You may pick up some fake nails in the dispensaries, but the superglue that comes with them can harm your real nails.

The nail sticker from Gelato Factory of Korea is easy to use. Just peel one off. Stick and press down on the nail. Then, rub off unwanted parts. Apply top coat to finish . They look just like acrylic nails. The stickers come in many styles include Donald Duck, Miffy, as well as bridal series. There are plenty of fun and gorgeous selections for a quick fix up on your nails. Don’t miss out!

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病毒疣 – 在手腳上生長出梛菜花?

上一回我們講解過雞眼和繭的資訊,今次我們探討一下病毒疣。

病毒疣是很常見的皮膚疾病,一些國內外的研究中,甚至可發現高達兩成以上的小朋友感染過病毒疣。但病毒疣其實是個很廣泛的通稱,因為造成病毒疣感染的人類乳突病毒( human papillomaviruses, HPVs )就有超過 150 種,在全身各處都可能造成不同型態的感染。好發位置各處都可能受到感染,常見有面部,手指,腳指與外生殖器等。長在外生殖器的被俗稱為梛菜花,而長在腳底的病毒疣則可能因為角質增厚,在行走的時候壓迫產生不舒服甚至疼痛,而且跟雞眼常常不容易分辨。

長在手指的尋常疣 (Common Warts)
長在手指的尋常疣 (Common Warts)
Photo Credit:DermaNet New Zealand, flat warts, CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 NZ

痛毒疣屬於接觸性傳染,外觀特色是表面稍突起,可見微小血絲,也有可能因病毒擴散而一次長很多,具傳染性,需要積極治療,因為病毒可能擴散或感染他人。

長在腳底的足部疣 (Plantar Warts)
長在腳底的足部疣 (Plantar Warts)
Photo Credit:DermaNet New Zealand, Plantar Warts, CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 NZ

常見的治療方式有冷凍治療、電燒、外用藥劑以及手術切除這四大方向。醫生會依照病灶的位置、大小、數目、深淺、患者的期待與預算等等理由全方面考量,完整分析各項治療的優缺點後再進行治療,而冷凍治療通常不會留下疤痕,因此成為現在主流的治療方案。有關病毒疣的治療選擇很多,大家可以和自己的醫生好好討論各項治療的優缺點再開始治療啊!

雞眼是甚麼?和病毒疣、繭有甚麼不同?

雞眼

手腳表皮有時會長出厚厚的硬皮,硬皮有些是雞眼、有些是病毒疣、有些可能是繭,怎樣分辨呢?

雞眼是皮膚被反覆磨擦刺激導致角質層過度增生而成,是一種腳底常見的良性病灶。好發位置在腳底,趾背與趾間,拇指與小指外緣,不具傳染性。外觀特色是中心有圓錐狀半透明核心,表面與繭比起來較平滑。雞眼未必需要治療,但如果發現感染或出現特殊情況建議看醫生。

繭

繭成因也是和雞眼一樣,因反覆磨擦而成,但好發位置通常在手部或腳底承受壓力。它同樣不具傳染性,外觀特色是無明顯核心,形狀視壓迫情況而定,面積通常比較眼大,通常不需治療。

就以下圖,市面上有很多不同類型的方法去處理,最常用是銼刀法。銼刀可將厚厚的老繭剷除,但注意要一層一層地將老繭剔除,太大力容易碰傷皮膚 ,使皮膚流血和受感染。

我們 Rainbow Nails 會採用磨機方法,慢慢把老繭磨平,雖然需要磨平繭時間較長,但經過打磨之後再生長出來的角質層會出之前薄,從而令徵狀得到改善。

下一回我們會再探討病毒疣。

雞眼 vs 繭 vs 病毒疣

How to cut your nails

Nail-cutting is not only a habit, it is also for the reason of health. Overgrown nails can harbor a lot of germs. Most people trim their nails regularly with nail clippers, but do you know the proper way?

What should you know about cutting nails
1)Wash fingernails and toenails nail-tip spaces to prevent bacteria from getting into the cut. Besides, water can soften the nails which makes them easier to be trimmed. Hard nails may scrape the skin.

2)Do not rush. Do not cut too round, too short or too deep. At least leave a 1mm edge. Toenails should be cut straight across. Cutting too deeply into both sides may lead to ingrown toenail.

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[吾剪吾識] 你真的懂得怎樣剪指甲?

剪指甲是每個人從小做到大的衞生習慣,主要目的在於避免細菌在指甲內繁殖。因為如果指甲過長,暗藏在指甲裏的細菌,隨時會「病從口入」。一般人拿起指甲鉗胡亂修剪,而未必懂得正確修剪指甲。

剪指甲其實應注意以下事項:

1)剪腳甲之前,應先把手指腳趾縫沖洗乾淨,避免外面帶來的細菌在剪指甲的過程中悄悄地溜進來!更何況,回家把手腳洗乾淨,因為指甲變軟之後會比較好剪。如果指甲太硬,剪的時候指甲可能會刺到指頭旁邊的細皮嫩肉而受傷。

2)剪指甲一定堅持「不求快」。指甲不能剪得太「短」、剪得太「圓」、剪得太「深」。首先應留最前端白色部份至少1毫米,而腳趾甲應剪成方形。因為如果剪得太「深」,會讓腳甲長得太過於凹入趾頭,之後很可能會得到甲溝炎。切記啊~

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食物也能加強指甲健康?

平日你是否只掛住美肌,忘記了指甲也一樣重要呢?指甲是由角質蛋白組成,針對這個成份,其實在日常的食品中也可加強指甲的健康。

1.牛肉
牛肉含豐富的蛋白質,而且還有一個重要的元素──鐵。缺鐵會導致頭髮稀疏,亦會容易有反甲及指甲疾病。不用日日食,適量便可。

2.藍莓
當中的抗氧化劑有助於保護您的身體細胞免受自由基損害。其他水果和深綠色的蔬果也有抗氧化劑,不過藍莓差不多擁有最高的抗氧化成份。

3.生蠔
生蠔除了好味外,原來營養也十分豐富。當中的鋅有助製造蛋白質,因此可幫助指甲的生長。如不喜歡吃蠔?也可吃牛肉、烤豆等助你攝取鋅。

不論大人小孩不妨參考一下吧!