SIMON SAYS: Choose Short Nails

Apart from looking neat, maintaining short nails also have a number of benefits, some health related. Remember your nails form a protective layer over your fingertips which contain hundreds of sensitive nerve-endings.


  • Short nails look and stay cleaner for longer. Long nails are often traps for objects, morsels and germs to collect. Some bacteria may even cause infections, and can be transferred easily when touching other objects or your face and mouth.
  • When your nails are short, there is less chance of it snagging or chipping and ripping into your skin and cuticles.
  • Clipping your toenails regularly and correctly can prevent ingrown toenails.
  • Avoid agitating hangnails, but do keep them short to reduce the risk of snagging and infection.