Cuticle Care Tips

Cuticle Care Tips

Cuticles! What are they anyway? Are they really serving any function? And do we really need to take care of them? If you look at the bottom of your skin, you will see a white crescent called a lunula. The cuticle is the piece of skin that overlaps the nail and touches the lunula. And according to health journalists like Carla Jamy, these little flaps of skin should be a necessary part of your health care regimen. To learn more about what you need to do to keep your nails healthy and attractive, read on.

Cuticles serve as a protective cover for tissue that grows new cells to build the nail. Nails are made of a hard protein called keratin which protects your fingertips. The cuticles protect the new soft keratin from bacteria as the keratin emerges on the nail as it grows. Taking care of your cuticles will lead to stronger, healthier nails, and protect you from painful infections. That’s why it’s important to know about beauty care products and habits that are beneficial to your cuticles and your health.

Moisturize! That seems to be the first step in cuticle care. According to expert Robin Wasserman, there are many environmental conditions that can contribute to the drying out and cracking of the cuticle including sun, chlorine, cold and salty or soapy water. Extreme cases can even result in the nail area separating from the cuticle. Moisturizers can help protect and repair damage to the cuticle. It also increases circulation in the nail bed and can stimulate new growth. According to The Gloss Report, recommended cuticle oils include Mavala Daily Cuticle Oil and CND Solaroil.

To push back or not push back? Many women believe that it is necessary to push back their cuticles. The leading explanation behind this theory seems to owe more to vanity than health, which is to say, many women think that their nails look longer and more attractive when that piece of skin isn’t as prevalent. However, according to Dr. Schultz at DermTV, this can aid in inviting more germs into the fingernail and he does not advise this practice. Along this same line of reasoning, cuticles should never be cut either.

When you are looking for nail care products or products that will be used near the nail area, avoid drying agents. Beware of using nail polish remover with acetones and use gloves when washing dishes. “Having the gloves on keeps the oil on the cuticle and nail plate, and it protects them from the drying effects of water,” says Ella Toombs MD, a Washington, DC dermatologist.

“Saliva is also a big no-no. Your mouth is a dirty area and saliva is an enzyme that breaks down skin. You can get an infection if you violate the cuticle,” says Bruce Robinson, MD. So, if you have a habit of biting your nails, or nibbling on your cuticles, it would be wise to break this habit for healthier, more attractive cuticles.

With fall right around the corner temperatures are dropping, now is a good time to focus on protecting your hands and nails from dryness. Hopefully, these tips will bring you good nail health in the coming season.

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