👋Say goodbye to stubborn cuticles for good!
Cuticles – every nail enthusiast will agree, they can be a right pain! This is probably because we tend to only notice our cuticles when something is going wrong with them.
The cuticle is the layer of translucent skin that protects the nail plate as it grows from any outside bacteria. But if cuticles are not given the correct TLC and are left to their own devices to grow in varying degrees they can make the nails look uneven and messy. But don’t even think of approaching those cuticles with a pair of scissors or tweezers – you’ll only be left with sore nails, unsightly hangnails and, at worst, infections.
So how can these stubborn cuticles be dissolved to allow your nails to shine?
The good news is we have all the answers!
If you want to prevent dry and unruly cuticles appearing in the first place then you need to moisturize regularly! By moisturizing your nails and their surrounding area you will be keeping them hydrated. Not only will this make it far easier to push back cuticles and shape them to your hearts content, it will also make it far less likely that any dry skin will appear!
But to moisturize cuticles effectively you have to look for something beyond your run of the mill hand cream. This is because most hand creams will have evaporated before they even manage to reach the inner layers of the cuticles. Instead, oils can be a gamechanger for hydrating and softening your cuticles. In particular, we would recommend essential oils such as lemon oil and lavender oil with a carrier oil which will leave your cuticles feeling soft and smelling fresh and fragrant!
Use a cuticle remover cream
Cuticle remover creams aren’t just found in nail salons – they’re also available at most beauty stores or supermarkets. They’re also super easy to use! All you need to do is apply the cream to your cuticles and let it sit there for around five minutes so it can soften the cuticles. Then using an instrument like a nail buffer when you apply a bit of friction on the cuticles you’ll see any dead skin magically rubbing away!
Push back your cuticles
What’s the best tool for pushing back your cuticles? Your own hands! It is easy to push back your cuticles safely and efficiently with your own thumbs and fingers as long as you’re in the right environment. We would recommend baths or showers as the perfect time to push back those cuticles as the warmth and humidity from the water will naturally soften your cuticles ready for them to be pushed back.
You can also enhance the process by adding a variety of natural ingredients into the mix! For example, by slicing a piece of lemon and pushing your fingers into the fruit for a few minutes the lemon acid will get to work loosening the cuticles. This will make it a lot easier to push the cuticles back. Or, if there are no lemons on hand, vinegar contains similar acidic levels and can also be used. It goes without saying that you shouldn’t use these acidic methods if you have any cuts or scratches on your hands, unless you want a painful sting!
Another natural ingredient that can help your cuticles out is almond oil. If you allow your nails to soak in the oil for a few minutes they will soften cuticles making them easier to push back!
If you want to take the pushing back process to the next level and are tired of using your own hands you could even purchase a special cuticle remover pen!
Get yourself some cuticle nippers
Remember how we said do not approach your cuticles with sharp objects like scissors or tweezers? Well there is one exception. Cuticle nippers are specially designed to deal with delicate skin like cuticles and can be used to snip away any hanging skin. Just make sure you don’t apply any excessive pressure and under no circumstances should you pull the cuticle as this can cause the hanging skin to rip down your finger. Not only is this extremely painful, it can distract from even the nicest painted nails!
Regularly use a nail buffer
Cuticles aren’t just at the top of your nails, they’re also on either side! That is why part of your nail care routine should be regularly rubbing a buffer across your nails. This will rid of any dry and unwanted skin and make the skin surrounding the nail a lot smoother and shinier!
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Why pH of skincare products is important?
The pH is defined as the negative logarithm (base ten) of the concentration of free hydrogen ions in aqueous solution. The pH of skin surface ranges from 4.5 to 6 making it slightly acidic. The acidic nature of the whole skin surface was first claimed by Heuss in 1892; however, the first scientific study was carried out by Schade and Marchionini in 1928, who called it the acid mantle. The “acid mantle” protects the skin by inhibiting the growth of pathogenic organisms, regulating keratinization, desquamation and wound healing. Any disruption in the acid mantle disrupts the activity of enzymes involved in barrier function and anti-microbial protection. The skin pH and the buffering capacity of the skin surface are made up of the components of the stratum corneum as well as the secretions from sebaceous and sweat glands. Sweat is an important contributor towards skin acidity owing to its content of amino acid, lactic acid, and urea, which supplement skin NMF levels. The formation of stratum corneum barrier requires enzymes that are pH dependent. Two lipid-processing enzymes β-glucocerebrosidase and acidic sphingomyelinase require a pH of 5.6 and 4.5, respectively. An increased skin surface pH activates enzyme serine proteases, which causes degradation of corneodesmosomes and affects the skin barrier. pH also has a big impact on the skin microbiome. The bactericidal activity, because of dermicidin and nitrites in sweat, occurs optimally at pH 5.5. The resident bacterial flora changes as pH increases causing increase in population and activity of P. acnes and Staphylococcus aureus which are responsible for acne and eczema. All these result in contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, ichthyosis, acne vulgaris and Candida albicans infections. Products with high pH cause swelling of skin follicles affecting the permeability of the skin making it dry, sensitive, and susceptible. Most of the skincare products are formulated within the pH range of normal healthy skin except the exfoliating products that contain alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA’s), Vitamin C products and chemical peel which work at low pH. Facial oils, cleansing oils, balms are not pH dependent.
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