We bite into them, we cut them, we pick at them, in fact, we have declared all out war in order to get rid of them. What is this horrible thing we work so hard to get rid of? Cuticles. However, did you know, that your cuticles do serve a purpose? Your Cuticles are a […]
We bite into them, we cut them, we pick at them, in fact, we have declared all out war in order to get rid of them. What is this horrible thing we work so hard to get rid of? Cuticles. However, did you know, that your cuticles do serve a purpose? Your Cuticles are a thin layer of skin that rests on the top of the nail, which provides protection and moisture to your nails and has a direct impact on your fingernail health.
5 Common Crimes We Commit that Damages Your Fingernail Health
1. Picking at your cuticles is more than just a bad habit. It not only causes your nails to look unsightly, it also damages your cuticles. The more you pick, the more ingrained the habit becomes you can end up with a bloody, ragged cuticle. Even worse, you can pick up an infection in your damaged cuticle and long-term picking may lead to the dreaded verticle ridges in your nails.
2. Just as bad as picking is CUTTING your cuticles, a common practice in nail salons. There is no good reason to cut back your cuticles. Just like with picking, cutting your cuticles, leaves the area open and susceptible to infection. Additionally, over time, cutting your cuticles, can cause the skin to become hard and rigid, much like a callous.
3. Allowing your cuticles to become DRY is another common mistake that can affect your nail health. Cuticles are thin skin, and because we wash our hands frequently, and use harsh household cleaners, they can easily become dry. When our cuticles are dry, they may crack just like the skin on your fingers and feet. You should moisturize your cuticles with either a good cuticle oil or even a thick hand lotion or cream.
4. The ROUGH MANICURIST can cause a lot of damage to your cuticles. Many of us go to the salon to have our hands and feet done. A manicure given by an aggressive manicurist can leave you with red, swollen cuticles. You can even get a skin infection in the area. Be sure to tell your manicurist to “gently push back your cuticles” and never allow them to be cut.
5. Using your fingernails as a TOOL is a guaranteed path to nail damage. The worst, of course, is ending up with a broken nail, but this practice can also cause rough, cut up and bleeding cuticles. Be sure to use a real tool, like tweezers, to accomplish jobs and always wear vinyl gloves when cleaning and garden gloves when doing yard work.
Say yes to healthy nails and good bye to fingernail problems.
With a little effort, you can break the chain of crimes committed against cuticles, and have beautiful, healthy nails. Would you like more information so you can have beautiful nails, visit me at Berry Creative Jam on Facebook