When it comes to your cuticles, the questions are endless. To trim or to push? To cut or not to cut? With so many questions surrounding something as simple as your nails, it can become quite frustrating. Especially, if you’re one of those who simply loves a manicure. It is also probably a subject on the mind of brides who want their nails flawless for their big day. For those who get their nails done on a regular basis you are probably asked by the nail technician whether you prefer trim or push. And you invariably end up giving a random answer while you are too busy with that fashion magazine or are too preoccupied. Well, you might have thought that the answer was unimportant, but OROGOLD found out that it actually plays a major role in the overall health of your nails.
The answer is quite simple. According to Mary Lupo, a dermatologist in New Orleans, you should never trim your cuticles. If they are lifted away from the nail or are too short, they allow fungus and bacteria to infect your nail bed. Moreover, trimming damages the way your nails look in the long run. If you end up trimming too much of your cuticles, you might make them look good for a day or two, but they’ll end up getting ragged all over again.
The most important thing when it comes to a manicure is to ensure that your nail plate is clean. The gel and the polish will hardly adhere to your nail unless you can free it of dead skin and oils. Luckily, you don’t need to trim to prepare your cuticles for a manicure. The solution lies with pushing them. Here’s what you need to do.
- Soften the cuticles by massaging oil or a hand lotion on them for about 1 minute.
- Use a cuticle pusher to push back the dead skin around the cuticles. Since you’ve already massaged the area, this should be very easy.
- Complete the process by buffing away whatever is left on your nail plate. If you still feel that there is some dead skin left after buffing, you can finally use those nippers to remove them carefully.
Trimming or pushing is not everything. It is also important to understand how to care for your cuticles.
- Prevent hangnails from appearing. All you need to do is apply some hand lotions regularly. Your manicurists keep telling this to you all the time not to make their jobs easier, but because it’s true. It prevents dry cuticles and also helps out with hangnails.
- Moisturize. Your cuticles can become dry, flake, crack or peel just like any other area of your skin. Therefore, you need to make sure that you moisturize them as well. You can use any skin moisturizer for this purpose. All you need to do is rub some into your cuticles while putting them on your hands. Some salons offer a hot wax treatment for your cuticles. They use a special oily wax that is considered to be an excellent way of moisturizing your cuticles.
- Avoid rough materials. We often hear of people developing red colored sore spots around their nails. This usually happens because of a skin infection known as paronychia. And this usually happens due to over-vigorous manipulation that ends up manifesting as soreness and redness.
- Avoid drying agents. Dishwashing and nail polish removers that contain acetone can dry out your cuticles completely. Therefore, you are always advised to use acetone free nail polish and wear gloves while washing the dishes.
- Stop biting your nails. Your mouth is quite dirty and the saliva can break down the skin. You can also get an infection if you end up violating a cuticle. So if you’re in the habit of biting your nails, you need to stop right now.