Take care of your cuticles

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Your cuticles have an important job; keeping your nails healthy by protecting them from bacterial and fungal infections. If your cuticles becomes dry and cracked, they can’t attach to the nail, leaving it vulnerable to damage and infection. Fortunately, with the right products and a little TLC, taking care of them is all too easy.

Moisturise … moisturise … moisturise
When cuticles dry out your nail plate becomes less flexible and your nails can become more brittle and susceptible to damage. Investing in a good cuticle cream or oil to help prevent this from happening. Ideally, you want your cutcles to be soft enough so that you can push them back. (If you try and push back dry, hard cuticles, this will only end up inflaming them.)

IQ nail cream
IQ Intensive Repair nail & cuticle cream, R39,99, contains moisturising avocado butter, hyaluronic acid and urea as well as a mix of antioxidant vitamins.

NEVER cut or clip
Not even your nail technician will use clippers on this delicate area. This is because you can easily damage the cuticles, causing them to detach from the nail and leading to nail infections or nail loss. If you prevent dryness and overgrowth in the first place, you won’t feel the urge to clip away your cuticles. Instead, push them back with a special cuticle stick, also referred to as an orange stick. It’s got a perfectly angled tip that you can place flat against the top of the nail bed so as to gently nudge the cuticle back. 


body shop cuticle stick
A nifty two-in-one? The Body Shop Almond Oil nail and cuticle treatment, R95. It helps keep cuticles hydrated and features a slanted tip with which you can gently push them back.

Don’t forget about your feet
According to Dana Caruso, Sally Hansen’s nail expert, the cuticles on your toes tends to be thicker and harder to remove than those on your fingernails. ‘To eliminate dry rough cuticles on your toe nails, use an exfoliating cuticle treatment containing alpha hydroxy acids twice a week and cuticles will become almost invisible’, she says.

sally hansen cuticle treatment
Sally Hansen Problem cuticle remover, R69,95, contains soothing aloe and comes with free cuticle sticks.

Nail 911
If you have a badly inflammed cuticle or nail infection, make an appointment with a dermatologist or podiatrist. Chances are they’re prescribe an antifungal or antibacterial cream.

Always make sure that your nail technician is licensed and sterilizes all tools used during a manicure.

If you’ve got consistently dry cuticles or brittle nails that break easily, this could be the sign of a nutritional definciency, so make a point of chatting to your doctor about it.

Once your cuticles are in good nick, why don’t you treat your nails to a Minx Mani?
  It’s the hottest thing to flaunt on your fingertips…  

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Kerry Heathfield is an ordinary Durban girl filled with an extraordinary passion and love for all things girly, especially fashion, beauty, shopping and nails. Find her on twitter @_kerry_berry_

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  1. AndreaM

    I love the Sally Hansen, it really works.

    6 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    very informative article, cuticles give me lots of trouble. sally hansen is an amazing brand!

    6 years ago •

  1. Lah

    Interesting! I often clip my cuticles! Must definitely be more careful!

    7 years ago •

  1. Riekie

    Will try any product for cuticles …

    7 years ago •

  1. Hima

    WIill try IQ nail care,..I usually use olive oil as cuticle oil..works great..

    7 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    I’ve always been a great fan of Sally Hansen

    7 years ago •

  1. Guccigirl

    This is definitely something I need to pay more attention to!

    7 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Stewart

    Sally Hansen is just the best when it comes to nail care!

    7 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    Could the application of normal almond oil, purchased over the counter, also assist in promoting healthy cuticles? Interesting read…

    7 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Kay

    Does anyone know of the The Body Shop Almond Oil nail and cuticle treatment (R95) is organic? I use pure apricot oil, works very good

    7 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    I always have problems with my cutticles and I recently found cutticle oil from Dead Sea its amazing

    7 years ago •

  1. Charles

    The Body Shop treatment looks AWESOME!

    7 years ago •

  1. Charne

    I was never into long nails and stuff, because of using harsh products everyday and typing and so on. I think my keyboard is falling in love with my hands. LOL

    7 years ago •

  1. Zu

    In asia we apply cuticle remover on to the nails to soften it then we push it using a pusher similar to cuticle sticks,then cut or trim out the dry skin and cuticles that has been push iut using a nail nipper. It makes the nails clean, bigger or wider. Then we moisturize and apply nail polish.

    7 years ago •

  1. Chicara

    I’ve never seen that IQ cuticle cream. It’s very affordable. I will definitely look out for it. My current cuticle oil isn’t working all that well. :(

    7 years ago •

  1. Botes

    Another great product I picked up today is Sally Hanson, instant cuticle remover, maximum strength. It’s works like a bomb!!! Sally Hansen you guys make awsome products!!!!

    7 years ago •

  1. Maria Meyer

    Luckily for me I have Good strong nails and no problems to date with my cuticles

    7 years ago •

  1. diamond

    Think i need to get some cuticle oil

    7 years ago •

  1. Carolynmcm

    I have to use cuticle oil or cream every single day. I am currently using Sally Hansen Vitamin E Moisturising Nail and Cuticle Oil – wonderful stuff. Also makes my nails grow quicker. I find that a cuticle oil along with a good hand cream does wonders for my hands and nails. I apply cuticle oil in the mornings and evenings.

    7 years ago •

  1. ricebunny

    cuticle oil does make a difference i have been using tip top cuticle oil for a year now and my nails r really strong

    7 years ago •

  1. sons

    My nails is in a terrible condition. Will have to get some

    7 years ago •

  1. Bella

    Cuticle oil, cuticle oil, cuticle oil. It work wonders

    7 years ago •

  1. Debsie

    Shared this with my nail addict friends. lots of cuticle oil for the cold winter.

    7 years ago •

  1. honey_child

    My cuticles are in need of Nail 911!

    7 years ago •

  1. Smal

    I always struggle with dry cuticle’s, especially in winter. Tip Top Nails – Cuticle Oil has been a great help to me.

    7 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Stewart

    I find when my cuticle are taken care of them my nails looks good!

    7 years ago •

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