The skin that borders your nails is called the cuticle. Dry, unhealthy and un-groomed cuticles look tattered and bring about discomfort.
Hangnails comes about in the skin around the nails, however, one can avoid the condition by paying attention to regular maintenance. Put the skin around the nails right by spending a short time grooming your hands every week or more frequently if needed.
- Take slightly warm water in a bowl and steep your fingers in it for a few minutes. Your nails will soften up, enabling you to clip them effortlessly. The cuticles will also be softened and it will become easier for you to groom them.
- As the cuticles have become softer, now you can trim any extra dead skin or hangnails round your nails with ease. Use cuticle clippers for this purpose. However, be sure not to cut the healthy cuticles as it acts as the protective barrier and don’t let the bacteria enter your skin.
- Next, clip your nails straight across the nail-bed with the help of a pair of nail clippers. Cut down their length to prevent snagging or tearing that wreaks havoc on the skin around the nails.
- Using a nail filer, file your nails warily, paying close attention to the nail’s corners. When filing, be sure to remove any sharp edges that can harm the skin around your nails.
- Push the cuticles back with the help of an orange stick. An orange stick is a little wooden stick that softly moves your cuticle away from your nail bed and helps fixing the cuticles.
- Moisturize the cuticles with a special cuticle oil or olive oil. Lock the moisture in the cuticles by applying a lotion all over your hands.
- Wear gloves while working in water or coming in contact with the chemicals and detergents.
- Don’t bite nails as it also contributes a lot in damaging the skin around the nails.