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Definition: Cuticles

Cuticles — we've all got 'em, but why? Cuticles are the dead layers of skin cells that surround the base and sides of fingernails. Glamorous image? No. Necessary for preventing infections? Yes. Cuticles help keep ward off germs that may otherwise enter through a gap between nail and skin. Scientifically known as eponychia, these little strips of skin need to be cared for to maintain nail health and appearance.

Here are some tips for keeping this hardened layer soft and jagged-free:


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JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
Never tell a manicurist to nip them because they go crazy. I have them pushed back but that is it.
Glittersniffer Glittersniffer 8 years
I nip, but I'm VERY careful about doing so. If it's still pink, it stays. Only the white, dead skin gets the nip. I also use cuticle remover (the green Sally Hansen gel kind, I'm a cheap date), and it works well. Just be careful to watch the time. I also don't use a stick to push them back (I made the mistake of using a crummy wooden stick, and let's just say that is a BAD place to get a splinter). I just use the cuticle remover, then once it's done, I wash it off, and use the towel to gently push back as I dry. Bonus is it pushes the semi-removed skin up, so it's easier to nip off.
alethia037 alethia037 8 years
I use Palmer's Cocoa Butter formula for just about everything - the concentrated cream works great on cuticles (and smells so yummy)!
Abbigail Abbigail 8 years
Manicurists can be brutal when it comes to cuticles, I told one that I didn't want mine cut (because it protects against bacteria) and she looked at me like I was crazy. She asked until I gave in. She didn't get a tip either.
MissMarisol MissMarisol 8 years
bluesuze - I use the same one. It works great!
Rose-Cullen Rose-Cullen 8 years
I've always been confused when it came to cuticles. At first I didn't know what they were. And then when I did know there was the whole to cut or not to cut. When I just pushed them back it looked disgusting. One time i cut them and looked fine, but I was afraid I wasn't suppose to do that. So the short version is Thank you Bella. I am now no longer confused. :)
donamaria donamaria 8 years
I use the cuticle balm from the body shop. It smells like almonds and is very, very good!
bluesuze bluesuze 8 years
I use a cuticle balm from Burt's Bees. It has a nice lemony smell and is pretty good. Also Solar Oil is supposed to be good and smells like almonds (I'm into scents)
kelliegonzo kelliegonzo 8 years
a manicurist once told me i had gorilla cuticles....she did not get a tip.
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