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Cuticle Maintenance

- The cuticle is the thin layer of skin that grows along the bottom of each nail. While your cuticles help to protect new fingernail tissue as it emerges, the skin can detract from the appearance of your nails if it is thick or becomes overly dry. Many people choose to push back or reduce their cuticles during their at-home manicures, and drugstore.com can help you do the same. We have an assortment of implements that are ideal for safe, effective cuticle maintenance.
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Pushing Cuticles Back



One way to make the nails appear longer and deal with unsightly cuticles is to push them back against the nail bed. Many people prefer to push their cuticles back because it maintains the protective covering at the bottoms of the nails while making the cuticles less obvious. To push back your cuticles, you first need to soften them by soaking them in water. Then, you can use a cuticle tool to safely move the skin. Disposable wooden orange sticks or pedicure sticks are often used for pushing back the cuticles. You can also find reusable metal cuticle pusher tools to help you get the job done.

Reducing Cuticles Safely



Some people prefer to remove their cuticles completely by cutting them. While this can improve the appearance of the nails, it can pose a risk for injury and infection if it's not done properly. That's why some brands offer specially designed tools for cuticle reduction. Called cuticle nippers, these tools feature a set of small jaws that pinch the cuticle skin and pull it away. Mini cuticle scissors with safety blades are also available. Be sure to follow the directions included with cuticle nippers and scissors carefully to ensure best results.

Keeping Cuticles Healthy



Moisturizing the cuticles on a daily basis can help to keep the tissue soft and make the skin less likely to become thick and unsightly. Cuticle oils and creams are products formulated specifically with the hydration needs of cuticle skin in mind. These products also moisturize the nails, helping to keep them strong. You can find a number of cuticles creams and oils here at drugstore.com.

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