Taking the time to care for your cuticles isn’t something most people think about, but it’s an important part of overall nail health. The cuticles’ main role in nail health is to provide a barrier for the cells that help your nails grow, and to help prevent nail infections. Without healthy cuticles, your nails may not grow optimally, which could negatively impact their appearance and overall health.
Ways to protect your cuticles:
Avoid Cutting Your Cuticles1
Cutting or biting your cuticles is something you may want to avoid for overall nail health. By doing so you are removing a barrier from your skin and nails allowing for bacteria to grow, potentially causing infections. On top of that, white spots or ridges may appear on your nails as well.
Avoid Drying Agents1
Your nails and cuticles are easily dried out on a day-to-day basis. From washing dishes to utilizing nail polish remover that contains acetone, your cuticles can become dry and lead to unhealthy nails. Try to wear gloves when washing dishes and choose acetone-free nail polish remover.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize1
Whether you realize it or not, cuticles are mostly skin, and as you know skin typically needs to be moisturized. Your cuticles are no different. It’s possible for them to crack and peel just like skin and may need moisturizing products to keep them healthy and strong from time to time. Consider a thicker lotion or a cuticle oil to keep them in their best shape.
Steer clear of tough manicures1
If you regularly visit the nail salon for a manicure, take a look at how your manicurist treats your cuticles. If their technique seems a bit rough around the edges, consider mentioning that to them, or looking for a gentler manicurist.
Keep your hands away from your mouth1
Saliva naturally dries out skin, so if you’re a nail bitter, try to break that habit. It might be a bit difficult to overcome at first, but keeping your nails and cuticles away from anything that will dry them out may ensure healthier looking nails and cuticles in the long run.
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1 – WebMD.com – Health & Beauty – 6 Ways to Care for Your Cuticles
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