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Why do I get Bumpy Nails?

Bumpy nails are not just unsightful. They can be a sign of health problem. Let us dig into the cause of bumpy nails here.

The experts believe that Bumpy Nails are ill nails.  They are mostly having Malnutrition or Fungal problems.   The nail plates can be thin, having horizontal lines or bumpy dots. When the problem gets serious, The nails can be splitting, thickened, dull and even brittle. The reasons can be as follows,

1. Fungal Infection.  If the person does not have a good cleaning habits, The nails can be infested and look bumpy. If the problem is accompanied by yellow and thickened nails, that is for sure fungal nails. Go check with a doctor and have them treated.

2. Malnutrition.  Starvation, paralyzed fingers, fingers held at a fixed position, etc. can hinder nail growth.  This means bumpy nails can relate to lack of nutrition.  Generally speaking, this is a sign off calcium and protein depletions.  You should always intake plenty of eggs and garlics to get your nails healthy .

3. The Weather.  The temperature starts to drop during autumn and it gets cold when winter comes. During this time, The body can develop vasoconstriction. Blood circulation slows down. Tips of the fingers become anoxia.    Therefore, bumpy Nails come along.

Prevention

1. Create good environmental and personal hygiene. Never let the fungus to infest.

2. Do not share personal items such as socks, shoes, slippers and towels.  This is the number one reason for cross infections.

Wish you all have beautiful and healthy nails!

為何指甲表面凹凸不平?

手指甲凹凸不平,不但影響美觀,而且可能意味着健康缺失。那麼,具體來說,手指甲凹凸不平到底是甚麼原因呢?

專家指出,手指甲凹凸不平這種情况,很有可能是指甲患上了病。最有可能的原因就是指甲營養不良或是灰甲,指甲營養不良表現為甲板變薄,或是出現甲横紋、出現凹凸不平小點,嚴重時出現指甲分離,或者表現為指甲肥厚、易碎裂、無光澤等。具體原因如下:

1、真菌感染:因不注意個人衛生而引發病菌的感染導致指甲出現凹凸不平,如指甲的症狀除了凹陷、凹凸不平之外,還出現變黄、增厚的情況,那麼就一定是灰甲,這就需要找醫生接受治療。

2、營養缺乏:長期飢餓、手指癱瘓或固定等因素可使指甲生長缓慢,這說明了指甲凹凸不平與營養都有一定的關係。一般來說:此種病甲表現提示身體對鈣質、蛋白質缺乏,這些營養物質可以從蛋類、大蒜中取得,建議患者要經常食用為好。

3、天氣原因:秋天天氣清涼,而冬天天氣會更加寒冷,寒冷可使血管收縮,血流速度減慢,加重末梢組織缺氧,導致指甲凹凸不平。

如何預防:

1、做好環境和個人衛生,不要讓真菌創造更多生長繁殖。

2、不要共用生活日用品,如鞋襪、拖鞋;毛巾等也不要與他人共用。這是防止間接感染的關鍵所在。

小編祝願大家都擁有美麗健康的指甲~

7 Embarrassing Moments of Nail Art Addicts

For those who love nail art, I am sure you can relate yourself to one of the following seven annoying habits.  Let us see how many you can identify with. 

1. Addicted to changing nail designs

Once you get into The world of nail art designs, you can never turn back. You always make up excuses to get new nail designs, such as: change of seasons, holidays and even traveling.  You cannot help yourself from doing this. However wearing fake nails for too long can give you yellow nails.  Try to give your nails a break between each change. This can decrease the harm of  this addiction.

2. Nail images on the phone

You have stored a massive amount of nail images on the phone.  It is all too easy to save the images from IG and Facebook, not to mention the millions of  screenshot from many of the nail salons that you follow.  Just so you can find the right idea from the photo albums next time when you want to change.

3. Hiding germs in the long nails

You may like to get extensions or avoid trimming the real nails, but you may not like to clean The Nails. This definitely allows germs to cultivate.  It is very easy two collect debris when you are putting on make up or grabbing some food to eat. If you are always afraid of ruining the gel and avoid cleaning the nails they can get quite nasty!

4. Typing with the pads of your nails

When a person with fake nails type with fingertips, it is very hard to type accurately and it makes a lot of annoying tapping sounds.

You often have to use the pads of the fingers rather than the top.

5. Unable to do the little things in life

Simple things like opening soft drinks, picking up coins and paper on the floor and even squeezing blackheads became impossible! But what the heck! The nails look good and that is what matters!

6. Nail selfies

You  often fell in love with you’re newly done Nails. You cannot help to take pictures of your own hands and you Keep on staring at your own nails for over 10 minutes at a time.

7. More and more dramatic

You cannot settle for Single shades anymore, not even multiple shades. You can only be satisfied by eye-catching items like gliitter, pearls, anything that can make a strong statement.

How many of the above addictions can you link yourself to?

[美甲症候群] 美甲女生都有共鳴的7個徵狀!

喜歡做美甲的女生對以下這7個徵狀肯定很有共鳴,看看下面這7點美甲症候群你中了多少項吧!

  1. 換甲換上癮
    美甲後回不到過去! 當你走上了美甲這條路,你就會回不去了。因為每次都會忍不住換甲款,也經常製造藉口給自己去美甲:轉季要換甲,特別節日要應節而換甲,就連去旅行也要特意去Gel甲,好像上癮了一樣。不過缺乏營養的指甲也很容易變黃,所以指甲也需要緩衝期休養一下,這樣指甲受的傷害也沒有那麼大。
  2. 手機美甲照
    手機內很多美甲款式的截圖相信很多女生都是這樣,在看IG、Facebook時經常會看到很多美甲款式,或者Follow了很多美甲店,所以手機的相簿內有大量的美甲截圖。每次看到漂亮的甲款都會存下照片,打算下次做,所以手機的美甲照片就愈來愈多!
  3. 長長指甲暗藏細菌
    有些女生Gel甲會選擇駁甲,就算不駁甲,每次美甲都會不捨得剪掉長出來的指甲,怕會把美美的Gel甲毀掉。所以這個時候細菌就很容易積聚在長長的指甲內,平常化妝,吃東西都很容易留下髒東西在甲縫裡面,但又很少去清理,確實有點不衛生。
  4. 要用指腹打字
    每次看到身邊貪靚的女性朋友Gel完甲後,用手機打字時都會非常不方便。因為Gel甲後難以準確地觸碰手機螢幕上的鍵盤,必須用指腹才會打到字。而且用指甲打字還會發出非常響又煩的「嗒嗒」聲,騷擾到身邊的人。
  5. 生活小麻煩
    美甲後令生活上出現很多小麻煩,例如難以開汽水罐,地上的錢幣或紙張都很難撿起來,甚至連擠黑頭粉刺都很容易弄傷皮膚或留下印。雖然有這些麻煩,但是看起來漂亮就足夠打敗一切困擾了。
  6. 自拍指甲照
    經常會自戀地欣賞自己的指甲,整完指甲的當天和過後幾天都會極度地迷戀自己的新Gel甲。不但經常為指甲拍照,而且不斷看著自己雙手幾十分鐘都不會厭,只要看到雙手的時刻都會自我讚嘆自己的指甲。
  7. 越做越跨張
    普通單色已經滿足不了你! 經常做開美甲的女士只會愈陷愈深,從初初簡單的單色或者拼色美甲,漸漸就會變換花色,甚至後來會再指甲上加上很多閃片,珍珠或者其它誇張的素材等等,務求愈誇張愈好。

美甲症候群,你又中了幾多?

Repairing BROKEN NAILS

A lot of ladies have got their synthetic nails broken at least once.  If you are lucky, only the fake piece broke.  However, there are times that the real nail also got BROKEN while they were still attached. What can you do?

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This person slammed the door into her nails.  The real nail cracked open along with the acrylic.  We first removed the color to decide what to do.  During the removing process, the top of The Nail was stabilized since the slightest movement could cause excruciating pain. We also talked to the client in a comforting way.  This was a case of horizontal crack.  The two sides were called the supporting points.  We sanded out triangle shapes here  to work the gel powder in. When the two sites were fixed, the entire nail was fixed down.

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When the gel powder was applied, the nail was no longer loose.  The client also felt much better. It was most important to make sure there were plenty of gel on both sides. We checked for smoothness with our fingers to make sure nothing would get caught.Then we sculpt it into the right shape and apply color.

This was the repairing method that we shared for now. Other kind of damage may require different kinds of solution.

[斷甲拯救隊] 手甲被門夾斷拯救過程全公開

做假甲的女仕們,不少都有過斷甲的經歷吧!

有時幸運的是只有假甲斷掉,但有時真假甲連住怎麼辦呢?

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這位客人手甲被門夾到中間部份,而且真甲跟住假甲一併斷開,出現一條裂縫。

首先我們要盡量把顏色磨走,才可以清楚看見傷勢決定怎樣處理。在磨的整個過程需要按穩甲的上半,有太大的移動都會令客人疼痛,同時也要安撫一下客人。這條裂縫是由左至右,要從兩邊,我們稱為支力點位置,磨一個小三角可以令水晶粉「食到」入去,鞏固兩邊自然能鞏固到整隻甲。

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擺水晶粉後,斷開的部份就不會再動來動去,客人整個心情都放鬆了。最重要的是確保左右兩邊有滿滿的水晶粉包裹,用手去感受甲邊夠平滑嗎?確定不會再勾到任何野。然後磨型,磨面後就可以再上色了。

我們這次就分享了這個補救方法,不過始終每次都有不同的處理手法,讓大家增添其中一個的小知識,到遇上問題時不要太驚慌呀😊

[Japanese Nail Art] Ease your Heart of Longing

At this time you still don’t know when you can fly to Japan. Do some Japanese nail art to comfort your earning now? Put some tiny flowers on a pink background . Add a little Japanese fan there. Oh, how cute!  This really can remind one of Sakura blossoms and the warm spring breezes.

[和風系 Nail Art] 想念日本? 畫個櫻花甲一解思鄉愁

兩年沒有到過日本旅行,好想快點有機會「返家鄉」吧? 不如今天就整一個和風指甲!以花、扇子及御結配以粉紅色,令人想起櫻花季節,春風吹臉的感覺,看起來真的超級可愛,快來一解思鄉病吧!

What to do with Ingrown Nails?

Ingrown toenails are not uncommon.  We have talked about previously that this problem could be inherited or caused by poor habits.

You can find out more through this Link

The person in this picture has cut the sides of her nails too deeply into the skin and did not file down the corners. This already has made her toes painful enough.  What made it worse was that she run often which put extra stress on the front of her feet.  This resulted in harden skin which made it hurt even more.

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First, we removed the tough skin To decrease the stressful feeling.  Then we cut off the sharp corners with a sharp scissors and rounded them down to prevent further ingrowing problem.

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It was not advisable to believe that this problem can be solved in one shot.  You need to change your habit.

1. Do not cut your nails too short.

2. Do not cut the corners too deep into the skin.

3. Have your pedicure done

Buy a nail technician to lessen re-development of the problem.

[嵌甲不用怕] 三步就可以令腳趾不再疼痛

相信很多人對於「嵌甲」(又稱掙甲) 都不陌生。嵌甲,英文為 Ingrown Nails,意思指指甲向內生長,而我們之前有些文章提及到除左天生,後天也會有影響的。

想重溫可到此link:

而今次我們遇到的主角,他把腳趾兩邊都剪得非常入,而剪口沒有收圓,導致那個角生入肉內引致疼痛,加上他是經常去跑步,而常使用腳尖的習慣也令他生長了一個硬皮,實在是雪上加霜。

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我們首先要磨走那個硬皮的位置,令他的感覺沒有壓迫感,然後用尖咀鉗把插入肉內的角剪掉,再用甲銼磨到圓型,令它再長長也不會插得那麼深。

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重點來了,有嵌甲的朋友,不要只覺得做一次就可以,因為後天的習慣始終會令嵌甲持續,所以小編的意見啊~第一不可以剪太短,第二不可以剪太入,第三當然是定期修腳啦!養成一個好的習慣,嵌甲就不會愈來愈嚴重囉。