Cuticles are often viewed as an annoyance, but in reality, they serve a vital purpose to the health of your skin and nails. Cuticles protect the matrix of the nail, which is responsible for the production of new cells. This allows for growth. Cuticles that are damaged or clipped can not only be unsightly, but they also slow down growth and may even result in permanent scarring or split nails.
Keep your cuticles healthy with these top tips:
Cuticles should never be cut
Cuticles can be exposed to infection by fungus or bacteria if they are cut. Request that your nail technician refrain from cutting the cuticles from the start. You can choose to push the cuticles back gently. Even though cuticles are very delicate and soft and can be damaged by moving them around, they’re still extremely fragile. Use a tool designed specifically for this purpose.
Keep Cuticles Moisturized
Dryness can lead to cuticle cracking. Keep them moisturized and nourished with the correct formulas to keep them looking and feeling healthy. It is best to soak your hands in warm water between 10 and 15 minutes before applying a cuticle balm, such as QTICA Cuticle Repair Cream. Massage the cream gently into the affected area. Wipe away any excess. June Jacobs Cellular Intensive Cuticle Repair Cream is a good choice for antioxidant protection.
Oil-based formulas will provide intensive hydration for cuticles that are already dry or cracked. Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil has been one of our top sellers. Brush some on each cuticle and massage gently. This oil also adds a glamorous shine to your nails.
Avoid Activities and Habits that Could Harm Cuticles
Avoid biting, nipping, or picking your nails. Some cleaning products and chemicals may also cause hands to dry out and crack cuticles. Vinyl gloves can be worn while doing dishes, cleaning, or using other chemicals. Avoid rough manicurists, and don’t let your nail technician cut or trim your nails. Visit only reputable salons with proper ventilation and sanitize their instruments between customers. We recommend that you invest in a set of professional polishes and nail tools as an additional precaution. Please bring them to the salon so that you can be assured of receiving a manicure using sterile instruments.
It takes patience and time to restore cuticles that are not in good health, but it is worth the effort! Treat yourself to some new polishes as a way to reward yourself for breaking bad habits. You’re sure to find your perfect shade in the OPI Hawaii Collection. This collection features a variety of tropical shades that will remind you of a tropical island vacation.