Summer time means vacations. It means heat, humidity, pools and … chlorine. While there’s nothing more refreshing than a dip in the pool, there’s a few extra steps you need to take in order to keep your skin, hair and even your nails healthy.
Chlorine is used in swimming pools because it has a high disinfecting power, but the very thing that keeps us germ free in the pool is the same element that can have adverse effects on our bodies. Too much chlorine can dry out our hair and skin and weaken our nails, leaving them dry and brittle.
Nails are modified skin cells and while most of the nail is actually a dead keratin cell, our nails are alive at the root, which is where they grow. Our nails protect our fingertips and the tips of toes. They can also be aesthetically pleasing and an indication of a person’s personality and well-being. It’s important to protect them and keep them healthy.
But that doesn’t mean you have to give up the pool this summer. It just means that you need to pay attention. Using the right shampoo and conditioner will help keep your hair safe from the effects of chlorine. Using the right lotion will keep your skin from drying out. And using Mane ‘n Tail’s Hoofmaker before and after swimming will keep your nails strong and long. Originally (and still) used for horses, the lotion works great on human hands and can be beneficial to anyone who frequents the pool.
Hoofmaker is not sticky or greasy and while it contains no petroleum or pine tar, it does contain coconut oil, natural humectant that helps retains moisture. “Hand lotions that contain humectants, such as urea, which attract and hold water in the nail can be helpful in keeping the nail flexible and less likely to fracture,” said Dr. Phoebe Rich, a board member for the American Academy of Dermatology.
Listen to what horse owners have to say. EquiSearch, a website for “People Who Love Horses”, readers ask and answer in their online forum. “I have been swimming and my nails are splitting,” writes RiderSkiier. “I just wondered if anyone here has ever used horse hoof stuff on their fingernails and if so what kind did you use and did it work?”
Solaris, another horse owner answers that she since she has been using Hoofmaker on her horse Solo, she’s been getting it all over her own hands as well. “My nails do look great when I use it a lot,” she writes. “It’s good stuff and pretty cheap!”
So put on your bikini and jump right into that water! Hoofmaker is available in a 32 oz., 12 oz. and 6 oz. sizes, it’s easy to ensure you always have some handy this summer. Use our online store locator to find out who sells it in your area!