Clean Your Nails
Even the softest hands can't overcome grimy fingers. Start by running the bar of soap underneath the white tips (or formerly white) of your nails when you wash up to dislodge dirt. For deeply entrenched grime, use a rugged nail brush by Ace ($8; acemformen.com), and then clip nails in a straight line leaving a small sliver of white showing. Next, address your hangnails. "Healthy nails have a seal between the nail and surrounding skin," Chang says. "If you have hangnails or your cuticles are ragged, water can get between your skin and nail, which can lead to infection." Using your clipper, snip back any dangling bits to be flush with the nail. Also, "don't bite your nails or pick at them, because this separates the skin from the nail bed which can lead to nail fungus."