Caring for cuticles: Tip of the Day 4-25-22
As much as I love getting my nails done, making time to get to the nail salon can be a challenge. Today’s tip comes from my nail technician, to help space out those visits.
Taking care of your cuticles offers more than cosmetic benefits. The area around the cuticle is delicate. It can get dry, damaged, and infected. It’s important to care for the entire nail area and keep it clean so that your nails stay healthy. Rubbing a little cuticle oil on daily helps improve the appearance of your nails, and helps prevent dryness and cracking.
Experts say, if you’re trying to grow your nails, applying cuticle oil can increase the circulation around your nails, stimulating nail growth. It can also help to protect your nail and cuticle against trauma.
Dermatologists say cutting the cuticles isn’t necessary and may put you at risk for infection. Lots of people, myself included, like for the cuticles to be trimmed for cosmetic reasons. If you prefer to have your cuticles trimmed, experts say soften them first by soaking them in warm water. Also, push them back and make sure your nail tech practices sanitary methods. If you’re unsure, you can bring your own utensils to be used on your cuticles.