Nail Care-How to Take Care of Cuticles
The cuticle is the part of your skin that overlaps the nail. The cuticle protects the tissue that grows new cells to build the nails. It also prevents infections. Taking proper care of your cuticles is very important for healthy and strong nails.
When the cuticle is damaged bacteria and fungi get past the cuticle and causes infections. Some infections are very painful and can lead to discoloration of nails. Sometimes this can also lead to deformation of nails.
Cuticles-At Home Care
Take a bowl of warm water. Add two drops of olive oil and lavender oil in the water. Soak your hands for about five minutes. Gently dry them off with a towel. Push back your cuticles with a clean, soft cloth. Alternatively, you can buy an orange stick from the pharmacy to push back your cuticles.
There are many cuticle creams available on the market. Apply cuticle cream on your nails and massage it in and around your nails. Cuticle creams soften, nourishes and strengthen your cuticles.
Manicure At a Salon
A manicure is a good way to take care of your cuticles. When the manicurist rubs cuticle cream and massages your nail, the cuticles get moisturized and smoothed. The cuticles get a boost from the cuticle cream and become resistant to cuts and tears.
Always choose a clean and hygienic salon to get your manicure done. This is very important, to prevent infections. You can also go to a nail salon to get your manicure done.
Cuticle Care-Do’s and Don'ts
Use a moisturizing hand cream after a shower or even after washing your hands as this will keep the cuticles moisturized.
When you are working at home, wear gloves for protection. When the cuticles are in contact with water for a long time, they can easily be damaged.
If you are working with harsh chemicals, these may damage your hand and the cuticles on your nail. Wear gloves for protection.
Do not cut your cuticles even if your manicurist says it is okay to do so. Cutting can damage your cuticles and leave openings for dirt and germs to get inside your cuticle and can lead to severe and painful infections.
Do not bite your nails. Do not rip off the loose cuticles by biting them, it will lead to paronychia (an infection at the base of your nails).
The symptoms of paronychia are - swollen red areas around your nails, pockets of pus, severe pain, and irritation. Usually soaking in warm water and then applying an antibiotic cream helps to kill the infection. If this does not work, consult a doctor.
Using a cuticle remover is a personal choice. Cuticle removers have chemicals that can damage the cuticle keratin.
Remember the secret behind healthy nails is healthy cuticles. So, take care of your cuticles as you would your nail.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2012 Nithya Venkat