We all know that nails are the perfect accessory to any beauty maven’s outfit; nail polish can really add to an outfit or overall look. But what about the other part of your nails that seldomly get attention? You know, your cuticles? I’ll bet you didn’t know that cuticle health is imperative to nail health and growth, so if you want long, strong nails you need to keep good care of your cuticles! Read on for tips on how to keep your cuticles in tip top shape and some suggestions on great oils to keep your cuticles healthy and beautiful!
First and foremost, if you use a cuticle cutter, stop immediately. The cuticle is a defense mechanism against bacteria and other ickies getting into your body through your nail beds, and if you cut it off, you’re leaving your fingers vulnerable to infection, which can cause bigger problems down the road. The best way to get control of your cuticle area is to use a gentle cuticle remover and an orange wood stick to gently push cuticles back after soaking them in warm water. There are different kinds of cuticle removers out there, the ones that just soften your cuticle and the ones that actually work. The latter are the so called A.H.A removers. Alpha Hydroxy Acids are natural exfoliators that dissolve and slough away dry, dead skin. Some other A.H.A. cuticle removers are CND Cuticle Eraser or OPI Avoplex Exfoliating Cuticle Treatment. Just apply the stuff on the cuticle and move an orange stick along the cuticle and watch the gunk come off!
Another huge part of taking care of your cuticles, is hydration. In order to keep them supple and healthy, you need to keep them hydrated. Oiling up and putting different hand creams on definitely helps, but you need to make sure you do it daily! A fan favorite of Planet Beauty shoppers is Qtica’s Intense Cuticle Repair Balm. Qtica Intense Cuticle Repair Balm is the most intense cuticle therapy for severely dry cuticles, damaged cuticles and hang nails. You’ll see and feel results instantly. Simply apply to cuticles daily by massaging into and around the nail. Available in a .25oz jar for $14.00 or a .5oz jar for $18.00.
Another route is OPI’s Avoplex cuticle oil. This oil hydrates and replenishes with antioxidant Vitamin E plus Avocado, Sunflower, Sesame, & Kukui Nut oils to soften and keep cuticles in optimum health. Get yours for $10.00 at all Plnet Beauty stores. This bloggers favorite oil is Deborah Lippmann’s oil, which comes in a cute little dropper, and absorbs into the skin without getting greasy. Formulated with vitamin E, coconut, and kukui nut oils for richness and huge moisturizing benefits. $22.00 at all Planet Beauty stores.
And, finally, with healthy beautiful cuticles comes healthy, long nails. but if your nails aren’t where you want them to be, reach for a nail protein like Nailtiques. This line of nail products is easy to use, and ACTUALLY works. Simply apply a thin layer of the quick dry formula of your choice every single day for a week, then remove on the 7th day and start the process over. By the end of the second week, your nails will be visibly longer and stronger. Available in four formulas for nails that are healthy, weak, or hard, you’re sure to find the product that best suits your needs.
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Allie Kelley has been a Planet Beauty Buff for four and a half years and has a Bachelor’s Degree in English. She enjoys painting her nails, trolling Pinterest for new trends, and has an obsession with lip gloss.