With a few of my at home manicures tips, I will share how I found to alleviate these problems with difficult cuticles.
I have found that manicures, you give yourself, in the luxury of your own home, are relaxing. So, when the children are napping, make time for yourself and give yourself a quick and relaxing beauty spa treatment.
The first tip is to soften your cuticles. I use warm water. Fill a small bowl with warm water and soak the cuticles. Approximately 10 minutes. I soak the cuticles until my fingers become wrinkled. For additional relaxation, add 2 or 3 drops of lavender oil to your warm water.
I dry my fingers with a dry towel. As I dry my nails, I apply pressure and push back my cuticles with the towel. I do this step before I use the cuticle stick. The towel helps to push the skin back while the cuticles are still damp.
I use a variety of cuticle sticks. Not one is my favorite. But, I do tend to reach for the small orange stick when my cuticles are finished soaking.
I push back the cuticles with the orange stick. This is easier when I take the time each week to give myself an at home manicure. But when I neglect the spa treatments, pushing back the cuticles may take a few minutes. When I finish with a cuticle, I then use the towel to push the cuticle bed back. In other words, I use the orange stick, then the towel to finish. Then, I move to the next finger.
"I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and... I believe in miracles." Audrey Hepburn
Another tip, I have shared that my cuticles do snag, so I use a cuticle trimmer to remove excess dry cuticles.
I use the brown trimmer on the extra cuticle that grows across the nail bed. I use the cuticle nipper for any skin that has pulled back from the cuticle.
(Note) Many suggest that cutting the cuticle is not healthy. And while I do agree with this statement, I do have to trim my cuticles from the nail bed. I do not cut into the fresh skin, I just trim any excess cuticle. If, by chance, I trim too much, I apply a small amount of Neosporin to the cut.
Again, I use the towel to push back the cuticle.
My last tip is to finish with a hand lotion. Rub into the cuticles.
I try to apply lotion daily to my cuticles. Sometimes, I do forget, even though I have the lotion sitting next to my computer.
I hope these tips help anyone struggling with difficult cuticles. These tips are what I found work for me. I know I will never have beautiful cuticles, but the manicures I give myself, do alleviate the redness and soreness that occurs when I neglect time for myself.
Now to you:
Please share any tips that you use for your at home manicures.