Before attending a party you choose best things to dress up yourself, from cloths to shoes you need to look good right? And you make your nails or hands look good by cleaning them or applying nail polish (we don’t recommend though) but unfortunately you forget one most important thing. Your cuticles, which are dry and have an ugly look, this may seem to you a small part of skin but it can ruin your entire look. Also it’s not a good habit to have bad looking cuticles.
Cuticles are very important for your nails; they act as barrier for nail bed. Cuticles cover the part where your nail plate meets your skin and preventing bacteria and fungus to enter.
If you think you can trim, cut or bite your dry looking cuticles then you’re wrong. By cutting or biting your cuticles you’re actually making gap for bacteria or fungi to enter your nail bed. They grow there and infect your nails causing nail fungus, also dust or dirt particles will be accumulated in that gap (I experienced this).
So what’s the way to make cuticles look good without harming yourself?
Regular moisturizing is the best way you can control or get rid of dry cuticles. Anyway if you want to remove the ugly or overgrown cuticles just push them (don’t cut) gently using an orange stick.
Moisturizing your cuticles will make them look healthy and they can work efficiently to block bacteria from entering nail bed.
Here goes the process – Moisturizing Cuticles
Before you apply any moisturizer prep your cuticles, dip your cuticles in lukewarm water for about 10-15 minutes. Then pat dry with a towel.
Now you can apply moisturizer.
For dry cuticles.
Don’t go with hand or body moisturizer creams; get a cuticle cream which contains citric acids, petroleum, glycerin, Shea butter or safflower seed oil. As cuticles are sensitive, your moisturizing cream must be effective with a gentle touch.
For detached cuticles.
If you’ve detached cuticles then get cuticle oil with a combination of enriched vegetable oils, flaxseed oil or citric acids. This oil is used as hydration and make cuticle to repair itself and reattach. It takes time but it works.
For cracked cuticles.
As mentioned earlier it takes time to treat dry cuticles and make them look well hydrated. But it works.
How to maintain healthy looking cuticles?
Now you’ve got good looking protective cuticles, but how come you maintain them? Its simple just follow below tips.
- Keep your cuticles moisturized by apply moisturizing cream, parallel you can apply it on your hands.
- Push over grown cuticles, cutting or biting leave nails vulnerable to bacteria so don’t do it.
- Exfoliate your cuticles, you can find exfoliates at drug stores. Take olive or any other essential oil and sugar into a small bowl of water to create an easy scrub then massage the scrub into the cuticles in a circular motion for about 30 seconds per finger. Rinse, dry and slather on your cuticle moisturizer. (source)
- Like other parts of the body your cuticles too need daily care so apply moisturizer regularly.
Your cuticles show what you eat