Cold weather is coming, and that means dry hands. Winter may also affect your cuticles (the skin right around your fingernails). But don’t worry. We’ve put together our favorite tips to help keep your cuticles healthy.
Bringing On the Moisture
Most of us are hard on our hands. We wash them all the time and expose them to chemicals and toxins. That can quickly lead to dry skin even in warm weather. Your cuticles are particularly sensitive and may even dry out before your hands.
To combat dryness, choose a quality moisturizer. Massage it into your hands at least once a day (more if your hands are very dry). Don’t forget to rub some into your cuticles! Apply your lotion while you’re resting so that it has enough time to soak in. While watching TV or just before bed are great times to moisturize.
Trim Hangnails, Not Cuticles
Your cuticles are there for a reason. They keep bacteria from getting down to your nails’ roots. Cutting them off or trimming them incorrectly keeps them from doing what they’re meant to do.
You can cut your hangnails, though. To prevent infection, use a sharp trimmer you sterilize with rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide before each use. You can also put a little antibacterial first aid cream on the places you trim when you’re done.
Know How to Push Back Your Cuticles
Instead of cutting your cuticles, use a non-metal tool (like a rosewood stick) to gently push them back. Always start with moist cuticles. It’s easier, safer, and less painful than working with dry ones. You can push your cuticles back right after a shower or bath. Or, you can soak your fingertips briefly in warm water before you trim.
When you’re ready to work on your cuticles, follow these easy steps. First, use a cuticle remover. Second, gently push your cuticles back with your chosen tool. Last, move the stick in a circular pattern on your nail near your cuticle. That will take off any dead skin that might still be stuck there.
Be Careful Which Nail Products You Use
You might have heard that acetone-based nail products aren’t so great for your fingernails. They’re bad for your cuticles, too. When shopping for nail products, look for acetone-free ones. Your nails and cuticles will be happier and healthier.
Get a Professional Manicure
A little pampering can go a long way toward maintaining healthy cuticles. Could your nails use some attention? Salon Antoine offers a wide range of nail care services. Stop in and see us today!