Your cuticles are comprised of thin pieces of “dead skin” (yes, dead skin), that serve to connect your nail to the skin of your finger. While the texture of your cuticle may not feel like the other skin on your body, your cuticle is actually hardened skin at base of your toenails and fingernails.
But did you know that your cuticles serve an extremely important purpose besides helping you to grow healthy, beautiful nails?
They also help to protect your fingers from germs, bacteria, and infections. In other words, they have quite a big job to do, so taking good care of your cuticles (so they take good care of you) is essential.
Overlooking the proper care and attention of your cuticle can not only hold back the potential of having long, beautiful, and durable nails, but bad cuticle care could lead to infections in your nails.
Here are a few tips that help you to keep your cuticles in tip top shape so that they serve the important protective barrier and seal they are meant to:
- Never cut your cuticles. Or let your med spa services nail technician cut your cuticles, at least according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Instead, you should push back your cuticles, which is easier to do if your cuticles are moist. Your nail technician will soak your nails in warm water for several minutes to make pushing back your cuticles easier. The cuticle should be pushed back using a sterilized pusher. This process of pushing back the cuticle of your nail bed also makes your manicure look more professional and prettier. Your nail will have a nice oval shape that looks clean when the cuticle is pushed back.
- Moisturize your cuticles.Then, when you’re done moisturizing them, moisturize them again. Cuticles tend to get dry, in addition to peeling and flaking, so use a high quality moisturizer on a daily basis. A great time to moisturize your cuticles is overnight.
- Refrain from using drying agents.Using nail polish remover containing acetone can dry out your nails and cuticles. Instead, opt for acetone-free nail polish remover. If you also subject your hands to frequent dish washing, wear gloves to protect your hands and nails from becoming dry. As an added benefit, place a moisturizer or oil on your hands and nails before placing them in the gloves to get a double duty perk.
- Don’t bite at your cuticles.This bad habit can not only damage your nail bed, but a minor cut in your cuticle can allow nasty fungi or bacteria in, leading to an infection.
Follow the above tips to keep your cuticles healthy. And don’t forget the cuticles on your toes, too!