Your cuticles are the gateway to perfect nail health. But when was the last time you paid attention to them? Probably never. The reality is, your cuticles are very important. Neglecting them means inviting infections.
What Are Cuticles?
They are the unsung and ignored heroes in your nail bed. Located at the base of the nail, the cuticle is the junction between your skin and nail. Cuticles are challenging to see, but they play a vital role in nail health irrespective of their size. Cuticles prevent bacteria and fungus from entering your skin. They act like goalies, blocking infections from entering your body and causing infections.
Should You Cut Your Cuticles?
An experienced manicurist would advise you NOT to cut your cuticles by yourself. Instead, visit a spa or nail salon and have a professional manicurist look after them. In case you’re unable to get to one, we recommend waiting until you’re able to visit a salon.
If you incorrectly cut your cuticles, it breaks the natural barrier. As a result, your cuticles will get ragged and inflamed. It will also detract from your nails’ appearance. Eventually, it might cause an infection, leading to permanent nail damage. So if possible, avoid cutting them yourself. But you should still make cuticle care a part of your routine. Whether you visit a salon or do it yourself, it’s time you spent a few minutes every week caring for your cuticles.
Step-By-Step Guide On Cuticle Care
Step 1-Remove the nail polish
Use nail polish remover to wipe off all traces of nail polish on the nails. Do not use a remover with acetone. Instead, use fresh cotton wipes to remove the polish. Then proceed with shaping and filing your nails.
Step 2-Use a cuticle remover
A cuticle remover will moisturize the cuticle area. It is effective at removing dead skin cells. In addition, the cuticle remover helps create smooth, even, and radiant nails. It improves skin softness.
Step 3- Push the cuticles back
Take a bowl of lukewarm water and put a few drops of hand soap. Soak your fingers in this soapy solution. This step will soften the cuticles. It also helps get rid of impurities underneath the cuticles.
After a few minutes, remove your nails from the solution and pat dry on a clean towel. Then use a cuticle stick to push back the cuticles gently. If you are satisfied with their appearance, apply a nail buffer to smoothen overgrown cuticles.
Step 4- Apply moisturizer
Use a skin oil or moisturizer on your cuticles. This is an essential step as it will condition both the nails and cuticles. It is vital to make cuticle care a part of your self-care regimen. Health cuticles give rise to healthy nails.
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Samira is a Middle-Eastern beauty expert passionate about skincare and makeup. Samira lived in different Arabic countries and worked in some of the most prestigious beauty centres in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha. That is how Samira acquired most of her knowledge about beauty and the Arabic skincare rituals.