Cuticle care are often overlooked. What are they, tho? Cuticle is what commonly known as the dead skin located at the bottom of your finger bed right before where your skin starts. Cuticles serve to protect the growth of new nails from bacteria and infections. Also, the skin that surrounds your cuticle is very delicate and prone to injuries which could potentially cause infections. Therefore, it is important to know how to care for your nails and cuticles.
How to care for your cuticle
When you go down to the nail salon to have your manicures or pedicures done, you will realise that your manicurist does this bizarre thing where-by she starts to clip at your skin. Now that you know what a cuticle is, you will realise that she is actually cutting away the dead skin that resides at the bottom of your nail plate. Now this process called cuticle trimming does not usually hurt as what your manicurist is really doing is just getting rid of skin that’s dry and dead. However, sometimes they may accidentally cut into your proximal fold which is your actual skin that’s well and alive. This may cause you to bleed and it can hurt. When this happens, wash your hands immediately with soap so as to ensure no infections can come of the wound. You’d typically spend anywhere between $30-$60 for a manicure or pedicure on yourself, but what if I tell you that you could trim your own cuticles at home on your own and save a few bucks when you go down to the salon? You can easily learn to trim your cuticles by watching YouTube videos and this could save yourself a good $10-$15.
Trimming and washing of your cuticles is not enough. To ensure a healthy-looking nail, sufficient hydration is necessary. Most peoples’ cuticles are dry and crusty that makes the nails look old and unpleasant. A proper cuticle care could be a game changer. We will be sharing some easy recipes for cuticle care, with ingredients readily available at home.
- Sweet almond oil 2 table spoons
- Olive oil 1 teaspoon
- Coconut oil 1 tea spoon
- 4 drops of lavender essential oil
- 5 drops of geranium essential oil
- Vitamin e drops (optional)
Lavender and Geranium essential oil have properties that can soothe and smoothen your skin. They work especially well on dry skin, replenishing it with moisture. This can help moisturize and soften your dry cuticles. Be sure to mix them with carrier oils such as sweet almond, olive and coconut oils, before applying to skin as pure essential oil extract could cause allergic reaction on your bare skin.
How to use it?
Apply it over your cuticles every other day, massage into your cuticles and allow the skin to absorb the oil fully.
- Coconut oil 3 tables spoon
- Shea butter 30grams melted
- 20 drops of grapefruit essential oil
Grapefruit essential, which is commonly found in skin care products, is known to soften and moisturise skin. Pour 2 teaspoons of this mixture into a half a container of warm soapy water.
How to use it?
Soak your fingers in the mixture while massaging your cuticles. Do this for about 7-10 minutes. This method of cuticle care not only cleanses your fingers and cuticles but also helps to moisturize and soften them. Do this once a week.