Should you cut your cuticles or not?
This is probably the age-old question running in your mind as far as your cuticles are concerned. And it wasn’t long ago that people were still unsure.
For one, you have surely heard that cutting off your cuticles can increase the risks of suffering from an infection. But, on the other hand, isn’t it very satisfying to watch the manicurist trimming away all your excess skin?
Well, the good news is that there is in fact a great trick that you can try to get rid of your cuticles that doesn’t involve any trimming whatsoever.
Remove Cuticles without Trimming
To get rid of your cuticles without trimming them, you will need a cuticle pusher, a medium grit nail buffer, and a cuticle remover cream. Squeeze a tiny amount of the nail remover cream on each cuticle and allow this to sit for 5 to 6 minutes. Push back on the cuticles then use the nail buffer to rub them as gently as possible. Use the back and forth motion on top of the cuticles until you notice tiny balls of skin piling up at the nails’ base.
Why is this trick a game changer? Thanks the cuticle remover, your skin becomes softer, making it easier to buff off the excess with no need for you to put your nippers to use.
Treating Your Dry Cuticles
The simplest method for treating dry cuticles is through using an oil or cream to moisturize the area. Some available treatment options are the following:
You can soften and hydrate the cuticle area using cuticle oil. This is often composed of oil blends, sometimes containing vitamins. This oil is fast-absorbing that conditions the nails to prevent any cracking or dryness in the future. Search for ingredients like grapeseed oil, aloe vera, and sunflower oil for extra soothing.
Cuticle cream is a type of emollient that can moisturize and nourish dry cuticles. Search for ingredients such as vitamins E, C and A, and natural oils like sunflower and almond oil. This helps soften the cuticles while the vitamins strengthen and nourish them.
Coconut oil is the perfect at-home treatment option if you don’t have a lot of cash to spare. Coconut oil contains saturated fat that helps strengthen and soothe nail beds.
Biotin Cuticle Salve
There are research studies that reveal that biotin could help when it comes to preventing brittleness and strengthening cuticles. Biotin is available in both liquid and powdered form. You can combine biotin with the hydrating argan oil, the antioxidant rich vitamin E, and coconut oil to prepare your DIY salve perfect for your dry cuticles. You can apply this every day or every other day to achieve the best results.
Experts advice not to cut your cuticles when getting manicures. If you or your nail technician does trim them, you have to confirm first that the equipment that will be used has been sterilized to prevent infection.