You are a beautiful woman, but you turn men off because of the sight of your nails. Since you don’t seem to take care of your hands, they believe that you don’t take care of your body, too. Blame it on your dry cuticles, and your own ignorance on proper hygiene.
What is a cuticle, exactly? A cuticle, or eponychium, is that layer of skin cells found at the base and sides of your fingernails. It acts as a seal where your nails and skin meet. The purpose of the cuticle is to protect that particular area of your fingernails from infection.
No manicure or pedicure will be complete without your cuticles being trimmed for a neater, more polished look. However, you must be careful not to let your cuticles get over-trimmed, because they have a special function. You should make it a point not to let your cuticles dry because there’s nothing more unsightly than dry, chapping cuticles.
Dry cuticles suggest poor hygiene. No matter how polished or how well-groomed other parts of your body look, sometimes it takes the smallest, well-taken-care-of detail, like your cuticles, to make you look neat. Getting rid of dry cuticles is also a way to get rid of hangnails, or those small tears in your cuticles, which can be annoying and painful.
So, how do you get rid of dry cuticles?
Your must properly take care of our cuticles. Frequent exposure of your hands to detergent, hard water and other substances cause your hands to lose moisture, leading to the drying of your cuticles. To avoid this, use rubber gloves while washing dishes, doing laundry, or any cleaning activity that requires the use of detergents.
Your job can also be the culprit, because stress, paperwork, and air-conditioned environment make your cuticles dry. If you are working in an office, having a hand lotion at hand is useful in keeping your hands, nails and cuticles well-moisturized. You can also resort to alternatives like Vitamin E and Petroleum Jelly. If not, then moisturizing gloves can be worn during the night or before going to bed.
Take note that while manicures and pedicures provide moisturizing that help prevent dry cuticles, certain nail products like silk wraps and acrylic nails also lead to dry, cracked cuticles.
Now, you see, you can get rid of dry cuticles before you even acquire them! Just in case these pieces of information and tips came in too late, and you have suffered enough ridicule from people for having unattractive hands, you have no choice but to follow the tips below on how to get rid of the problem that’s already there:
Sanitation — Remove your cuticles, but don’t get too excited to reach out for those cuticle clippers just yet! Take note that first, you must sanitize your hands. Your cuticles are there to prevent infection. Touching your cuticles and cleaning each nail with dirty hands is not a good idea, so wash your hands thoroughly.
If you have nail polish on, remove it with nail polish remover and then soak your fingernails for around 10 to 15 minutes in lukewarm water. Add a few drops of essential oils like olive or almond oil to the lukewarm water you are going to use. This will allow our cuticles to soften, to make them easier to remove later on.
Magical Stick — You can also use an orange stick. It is a stick made of orange wood, with tapered ends, specifically used for manicuring. You use this to gently push the softened cuticles with a cuticle nipper before cutting the cuticles carefully. As with your hands, you must make sure that they are clean and sanitized. You can use alcohol or spirits to sanitize your nail tools.
Some do not recommend doing this yourself, as there is a tendency to over-cut your own cuticles. If you don’t want to resort to cutting your own cuticles, there’s an alternative, like putting a deep moisturizer on your cuticles, followed by an exfoliating scrub. It doesn’t matter what particular brand of scrub you will use because any oil-and-sugar body scrub will do.
Pay special attention to the nail/cuticle area, giving it at least 30 seconds of gentle scrubbing on each nail. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry. Follow it up with a cuticle cream and even hand moisturizer. Do this weekly and put on cuticle cream twice a day.
Both methods are not advisable if you have any breaks in your fingernail or cuticle area, like wounds or infections. Make sure that injuries have been properly treated and healed before treating your dry cuticles to prevent infection.
Lifestyle Check — Another great way of preventing and getting rid of dry cuticles is living a well-balanced lifestyle. Anything that is good for your skin is also good for your nails and cuticles. Exercising improves circulation and blood flow. It also activates sebum which refers to your body’s natural moisturizer.
Eating oily fish such as fresh tuna, sardines and mackerel, which are full of essential fatty acids, is a good way to keep your skin moisturized. Fruits and vegetables that are rich in antioxidants and vitamins A, C and E, will prevent toxins from building up in your body and will give you a healthier, glowing skin. Don’t forget drinking eight glasses of water everyday. Water helps flush out toxins and helps the overall function of your body. Having enough rest and sleep is not just good for rejuvenating your mood for the day or general outlook in life, but is also great for your skin as well.
Seeing It’s Worth
Remember, having healthy nails and cuticles is not just a matter of improving your appearance or getting rid of the negative remarks you hear from friends who are concered about your look. Getting rid of cuticles should be part of your daily hygiene rituals to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
What comes next after a healthy lifestyle, but a happy life, so keep in mind that the sacrifices you have to make and the efforts you have to exert are all going to be worth it.
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