The cuticles are some of the most noticeable parts of your hands. When they dry and crack due to exposure to dry weather, chemicals, or genetics, you're likely to hide them for fear of being judged.
However, hiding doesn't solve the problem but prolongs your nails' poor health. So how can you revive your cuticles and keep them healthy? We're sharing our tips below.
1. Natural oils
These days there are various brands of cuticle oils, but you can save your cash by using natural oils.
• Argan oil will work wonders for your skin and nails. Its anti-inflammatory properties will soften your cuticles and keep infections at bay. It's also non-greasy.
• Vitamin E also has antioxidants that protect your cuticles for the long-haul.
Almond oil's emollient and restorative properties keep your hands and nails soft.
To reap the maximum benefits, apply the oil directly after showering- that's when your pores are open, and the steam has softened your skin.
• Cacao butter is excellent for preventing injuries and protects the skin from the sun's harmful UV rays. Also, if you have any scars from cuts, this cream will reduce their appearance.
Your diet might consist of healthy foods, but your diet alone can't give you all the nutrients you need. Sometimes the cuticles suffer when you lack certain nutrients.
To remedy this, take vitamin A and E supplements as well as fish oil supplements for your dose of essential fatty acids.
3. Avoid harsh chemicals
The ingredients in most household cleaners are too harsh for the skin, leaving it parched.
Always protect your hands with rubber gloves whenever you clean the house or wash the dishes. Moisturizing your hands before bedtime and wearing cotton gloves to sleep will hold the moisture in, giving you supple hands.
4. Give your nails a break
Nail polish is a fantastic mood booster and instantly makes you look stylish, but having it on all the time damages your cuticles and nails over time. Choose acetone-free nail polish removers, as acetone is drying and causes brittle nails and dry cuticles.
If you're a fan of stick-on nails, beware that they weaken your natural nails and cuticles long term. In severe cases, they cause permanent deformities to the nail bed, hampering the function of cuticles.
If your manicurist handles your hands roughly, speak up or go to another one. Our hands are delicate and must be treated as such to remain healthy. Also, make sure the nail technician doesn't cut your cuticles- the body needs them to protect the nail bed from damage and infections.
Instead of removing cuticles, use a wooden orange stick to push them back. The result is the appearance of longer nails. They also stay healthier without the risk of infection from using cuticle scissors.
If your cuticles are damaged, so too are your nails since the nail bed remains vulnerable and can't grow healthy nails. But if you invest time in strengthening them and keeping infections at bay, you'll enjoy long, shiny nails sans the cost of expensive manicures.
The Sole Toscana Beauty Team