Updated: May 27, 2020
DISTRACT FROM BITING YOUR NAILS...
The undersides of our nails can be a breeding ground for bacteria, so it’s important to abide by healthy manicure practices — always, but especially right now. That means washing your nails, thoroughly sanitizing under and around them, and keeping them away from your mouth (i.e. no biting).
The heightened stress and anxiety that comes with this global outbreak is enough to send any former nail biter right back into the bad habit — but it may be putting you at greater risk for contracting the virus. If we're abiding by the CDC's steps to prevent exposure, we know to avoid touching our eyes, nose, and mouth with our hands. Not only does biting your nails mean you're ignoring that measure altogether, it also means you're essentially eating the bacteria that could be festering under between your nail bed and your nail. That's problematic for a whole host of health reasons, including (but definitely not limited to) COVID-19.
If you're looking for tips on how to stop yourself from biting, try a distraction, like a fidget spinner, a stress ball, or even just scrolling through your phone (after you've disinfected the screen). Or, disinfect and distract with a home remedy. "Try dipping your nails in lemon or vinegar," recommends Jin Soon Choi, the founder of Jinsoon, a NYC-based spa and nail brand. "It functions as both a mild antiseptic and a biting deterrent due to the strong taste and smell."
written by MEGAN DECKER
MARCH 16, 2020 11:25 AM