Cuticle care: How to take care

Cuticle tip: Push in, don’t cut.

Your cuticles may seem like small, insignificant parts of your nails, but they play an important role in maintaining healthy nails. Neglecting them can lead to dry, cracked cuticles, which can be painful and even lead to infections. Luckily, there are many simple and effective ways to take care of your cuticles and keep them looking and feeling their best.

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!

Applying a cuticle oil or cream daily is essential in keeping your cuticles healthy and hydrated. Cuticles are the thin layer of skin that surrounds the base of your nails, and they play a vital role in protecting your nails from damage and infection. Massaging cuticle oil into your cuticles will also increase blood flow to the area, which will promote healthy nail growth. You can also use a hand cream or lotion to keep your hands and cuticles moisturized throughout the day.

Never cut your cuticles

While it may be tempting to cut your cuticles, doing so can actually cause more harm than good. Cutting your cuticles can lead to infections, damage to the nail bed, and even deformities in the nail. Instead of cutting them, use a cuticle pusher to gently push them back. This will help keep your cuticles neat and tidy without causing any damage.

Protect your cuticles from harsh chemicals and water

Exposure to harsh chemicals and water can dry out your cuticles and make them more susceptible to damage and infection. Wearing gloves while doing household chores or when exposed to chemicals is a great way to protect your cuticles. Similarly, limiting your exposure to water by wearing gloves when doing dishes or taking a break from swimming can prevent your cuticles from drying out.

Keep your diet well-balanced

Eating a healthy and balanced diet is important for overall health, including the health of your nails and cuticles. Foods rich in vitamins and minerals such as leafy greens, eggs, and nuts are great sources of nutrients that can help keep your nails strong and your cuticles healthy.

Take breaks from nail polish.

While nail polish may look great, it can also dry out your cuticles and nails. Giving your nails a break from polish every once in a while can help keep them healthy. You can also try using a nourishing base coat or a nail polish that is formulated with nourishing ingredients to help keep your nails and cuticles moisturized while wearing polish.

Massage your cuticles with natural oils

In addition to cuticle creams or oils, you can also use natural oils like coconut oil, almond oil, or olive oil to massage your cuticles. These oils are rich in nutrients that can help nourish your cuticles and promote healthy nail growth. Petroleum jelly is a great alternative.