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Cuticles are an integral part of overall nail health; they actually protect the nail bed, the part of your nail where new cells develop and result in nail growth. It is similar to taking care of your hair – you start at the roots! Cuticles are like the roots of your nails so healthy cuticles means healthy nails. I think people tend to get carried away when cutting cuticles. I have had a few nightmarish incidents like being cut too deeply and bleeding at a salon while getting a manicure. Having open wounds on your cuticles is a lot worse than a bit of dried skin and it makes them more susceptible to infection. To me it just seems like something that is better in my own control, so whenever I get a manicure, unless I really trust the manicurist, I prefer to avoid the cuticle cutters.
Another very important tip is, something I had to learn the hard way, ALWAYS use a base coat when painting your nails with anything highly pigmented. There is nothing worse than having to wait for stained and nasty looking nails to grow out. I like using Sally Hansen’s Double Duty Base Coat and Top Coat because it is two in one and doesn’t chip. I like to use it as a clear coat of polish or as the base and top coat to protect a colorful polish.
A more obvious but equally important thing to keep in mind is protecting your hands from the elements like the weather and water. Wearing gloves in the winter helps to keep hands from cracking and drying out. Sunscreen in the summer not only protects from sunburns but it also helps prevent sunspots. Wearing cleaning gloves when washing dishes helps keep your hand safe from dish soap and water, which can strip your skin of moisture and natural oils. I like to keep lotion next to my sink so I can quickly moisturize after washing my hands.
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