Ever pondered the significance of those delicate layers around your nails and the purpose of your cuticles?
Cuticles are not just part of your skin; they serve as a barrier that protects your nails. Unfortunately, we often neglect our cuticles, leaving our nails prone to cracks and discomfort.
Today let's delve into some expert tips to lavish care on your cuticles that will help you pamper your skin, ensuring your nails look natural, glossier and stronger.
What is a Hand Cuticle?
Cuticles, those thin layers of skin that are located at the edge of your nail fingers and nail toes which is called nail bed. Their primary role? Protect your nails from all types of bacteria.
What is Cuticle Damage?
Given the delicate nature of the skin surrounding your nails, cuticle cracking and peeling off is very common which is known as cuticle damage.
Types of cuticle damages
Type L - the cell membrane complex structure, which is located between cuticle cells, just splits and the cuticle lifts up.
Type E - the fragile substructure of the cuticle cell, which is called endocuticle, gets damaged and the rugged residue just exposed.
Causes of cuticle damage
- Overuse of hand sanitizer
- Frequent exposure to nail polish removers
- Excessive hand washing
- Lack of skin moisturising
How to Prevent Cuticle Damage?
The first and best way to prevent your cuticles from getting damaged is to keep them cuticles clean. The simplest way to do so, is to soak your hands and feet in a warm soapy water for 10 minutes twice a week. This will soften the cuticles and prevent them from infection. Applying cuticle oil and using a massage lotion will provide soothing relief. Installing a regular cuticules routine, will keep your cuticles resilient against dryness and cracking.
How to Take Care of Cuticles?
- Trim your nails regularly
- Prioritise regular moisturization.
- Resist the temptation to bite your nails.
- Smooth out rough nail edges with a nail file.
- Apply a nail hardener to help strengthen nails.
Cuticle Care Daily Routine
Getting a manicure
Treating yourself to a pampering session with a manicure and a pedicure every two to three weeks is ideal to keep your nails in shape. The manicure and pedicure experience, that can be shared among friends, is a very popular beauty and skincare treatment for, respectively, hands and feet. In this treatment your nails will be cut, filed and shaped. You will be given a hand or a foot massage after which cuticles will be pushed back to get tidied cuticles.
Few tips before indulging into a manicure or a pedicure:
- Only go to salons that have state-certified licence
- Before you start taking the services make sure that all the tools are clean and sterilised
- Check the equipment quality
Cleaning the cuticles is just not enough; moisturising them as well is key. Applying daily moisturiser on your hands and cuticles will keep them soft and moisturised.
A good quality moisturiser will not only keep your hands soft and smooth but will also prevent your cuticles from getting cracked and peeling. Opt for formulations enriched with Shea butter or jojoba oil for optimal hydration.
Steer clear of nail-biting
If you have a habit of biting nails then there are high chances that your cuticles can easily get damaged. How?
Saliva enzymes can break down the skin and wreak havoc on delicate cuticles. When you bite your nails the saliva continuously touches your cuticles, leading to infections.
Shield Against Drying Agents
Protect your hands from the harsh effects of nail polish remover used to remove nail polish, it contains acetone which can also make your hands dry. When it comes to removing the nail polish, use natural remover such as lemon and vinegar.
Same goes for the detergents. One of the common causes of cuticle damage is the drying agents. Washing our clothes, doing the dishes or mopping is part of our daily routine. The detergent we are using contains very harmful drying agents that can make our hands dry and crack. Ladies and Gentleman, wearing vinyl gloves when taking care of these housework will protect your hands.
How to Make a Natural Remover to Remove Nail Polish?
Combine two tablespoons of lemon juice with white vinegar in a bowl. Soak your nails into it for five minutes, then gently wipe them with a soft cloth for effective polish removal.
Should we Cut our Cuticles?
While opinions on cutting cuticles may vary, experts advise against it because cuticles protect your nails and skin from infection while if you cut the cuticles tbacteria and germs can get inside your skin.
Instead of cutting them gently push the cuticle back and trim loose skin to maintain nail health.
Unlocking the Secrets to Radiant Cuticles
Cuticles serve as invaluable guards for your hands and nails against infections and bacteria, underscoring the importance of their care for your health.
To prevent your hands cuticles from getting damaged the best moisturiser is our non-greasy MaGéAu Naturel hand lotion which is perfect for dry, crack and peeling hands. It will not only keeps your hands soft and smooth but will also repair and protect your hand cuticles from getting damaged. The best thing about our hand lotion is that it quickly penetrates into your skin. and is gender-neutral so the whole family can use it.
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