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Nail Care-How to Take Care of Cuticles

Updated on May 15, 2019

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


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    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      Rusticliving I really hope my suggestions help you and I do hope your nails turn out great. Do keep me posted. Thank you.

      Nyamache cuticles should be taken care of to have great nails. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Joshua Nyamache 

      7 years ago from Kenya

      Useful tips and with these tips those having problems with their cuticles will resolve them.

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      Liz Rayen 

      7 years ago from California

      I am one who desperately needs to take care of her nails. I'm a biter and I hate wearing gloves. However, I am going to follow your suggestions and see how my cuticles and nails react. Will keep you posted! Love the tips Vellur. Thumbs up and shared!

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      Sunshine625 olive oil is magical in and out!!!

      Docmo am glad my hub has reminded you to take care of your cuticles. A healthy cuticle, a healthy nail!! Take care. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Mohan Kumar 

      7 years ago from UK

      I needed this. Due to frequent handwashing my cuticles always seem to have little splits in them.. i do moisturise my hands but maybe not as often as I should! what an informative hub, Nithya, Thanks! voted up and tweeted.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Excellent tips Vellur! I use olive oil for my cuticles. It works great!

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      8 years ago from Dubai

      When you push back your cuticles, the appearance of your nail is neat and the nailpolish looks perfect on your nails. If you are going to polish your nails with overgrown cuticles, the nail polish coating will not look smooth and neat. One thing to remember - never damage the cuticles while doing so. Do it gently in a way you do not damage your cuticles. Thank you for stopping by and your vote.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      8 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Vellur, nice informative and useful hub. Just one question-Why do the cuticles need to be pushed back? I've never done it and they are as healthy as ever!

      Voted up, useful.

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      8 years ago from Dubai

      Yoginjoy am glad you found my hub useful. Thank you for your vote too.

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      8 years ago from Mid-Atlantic, USA

      Great topic! I need the input on these types of things. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful.

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      8 years ago from Dubai

      DonnaCosmato am happy my hub has been of use to you. Thankyou for reading.

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      Donna Cosmato 

      8 years ago from USA

      Thanks for this timely advice; I've been struggling with this issue this winter.

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      8 years ago from Dubai

      KrystalID am happy that you found my hub useful. Thanks for reading and the appreciation.

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      8 years ago from Los Angeles

      My nails could really use some help! This was very practical and useful! Thanks for sharing :)

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      8 years ago from Dubai

      Phyllis Doyle am happy my tips will help. Thanks for the appreciation.

      Pollyannalana thanks for the appreciation and the vote. Take care of both your nails and cuticles. This way you will have great nails to boast off.

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      8 years ago from US

      Voted up, lot of good information! I have to keep my nails short or I end up breaking them, just do too much for long nails. I think maybe because all my teen and 20's I kept my cuticles pushed back and neat I never have any anymore to speak of. Glad of that...just another job! lol

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      8 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Great advice and hub. I have always had problems with my cuticles and these tips will help. Thanks !

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      8 years ago from Dubai

      debbie roberts thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

      vmott am very happy my hub was useful to you. Thankyou for reading and the appreciation.

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      8 years ago from Ozark Mountains

      Oh how I needed this advice! Thank you!

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      Debbie Roberts 

      8 years ago from Greece

      Wearing gloves to protect hands is a top tip as sore dry hands aren't comfortable. Protective gloves needed be expensive either and a good way to keep hands looking nice, I couldn't do without mine.

      A useful hub.


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