Cuticles are tissues that cover the base of the nails. These tissues protect the nails from infection by preventing harmful microbes from entering the body via the nails. We know the dangers of trimming or pushing the cuticles during a manicure but what about splitting cuticles? Apart from being unsightly and painful, splitting cuticles cause microscopic lesions in the skin. These lesions serve as a gateway for harmful microbes to enter the body, causing an infection.
Splitting cuticles are often caused by poor diet and dehydration. To keep the cuticles healthy, consider these remedies:
Any type of beauty oil works to heal dry, splitting cuticles! But if you want serious hydration, we recommend slathering on argan oil, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, and olive oil. These nourishing oils are rich in antioxidants that prevent cuticle peeling and splitting. They are also loaded with nutrients that kill harmful pathogens. Beauty oils also promote deep hydration, which will benefit your cuticles, nails, and skin!
We recommend applying sufficient amount of beauty oil at night. Give your hands a 5-minute massage to boost absorption and finish off by wearing a pair of gloves!
Cuticle creams work just as great as beauty oils. These moisturizers contain concentrated nutrients that boost moisture, promote repair, and reduce cuticle splitting. Cuticle creams also keep the nails healthy, preventing nail splitting.
Cuticle creams come in an array of formulas but we recommend those made with natural oils and nourishing antioxidants rather than wax or oil-based cuticle creams. Nutrient-rich cuticle creams promote faster healing.
Vitamin E Oil
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that promotes cell repair. It hydrates dry cuticles, protects the nails from pathogens while keeping the surrounding skin youthful and smooth! To use vitamin E as a cuticle treatment, get one soft gel and pierce it with a clean needle. Squeeze gently to get the precious oil from the soft gel and apply on the cuticles and fingertips. Do this every night for faster healing!
Shea butter is a nutrient-rich, emollient fat derived from shea nut. This nut butter helps heal cracked cuticles and dry skin! Just a small amount is enough to restore dry cuticles to health. Even better, shea butter is so emollient that it protects the skin from environmental stress! You can find shea butter from your specialty health stores. You can also use shea butter-based lotion and skin creams. The key is to apply shea butter regularly to keep the fingertips in tip top shape!
To avoid dealing with the same problem, you need to address the root cause of splitting cuticles. Drinking at least 8 glasses of water every day reduces skin dryness and splitting cuticles. Consuming fresh, healthy foods rich in calcium and zinc also minimizes the risk of splitting cuticles.
Avoid saturated fats, high sugars, sodium, and alcohol to keep your skin healthy! That means cutting back on sweet treats, fast foods, and unhealthy chips. If you can, prepare your own snacks and meals using organic, fresh ingredients for pristine cuticles.