How Should You Manage Dry, Cracked Cuticles?
Dry and damaged cuticles are an all too common experience. The cuticle is a small area of clear skin located at the base of your fingernails and toenails. Our cuticles play an important role in protecting our nails by acting as a barrier against bacteria, so it’s important to take steps to prevent and heal cuticle damage.
Our cuticles are fragile, and are prone to dryness. This is especially true during the wintertime, in which moisture in the air is low and we are exposed to drying, indoor heat. It’s important to note that other causes of damaged cuticles include: eczema, malnutrition, and medication side effects. Signs that your cuticles need some extra care include, flaking, peeling, and cracking. You’ll want to address your dry cuticles promptly so as to avoid infection as well as discomfort.
Here’s what you need to know to repair and prevent your cuticles from drying and cracking:
One of the most effective ways to address and prevent dry cuticles is to directly moisturize the area. Moisturize the area with nutrient dense plant oils, which have the ability to soften and strengthen the area. Oils that are high in Vitamins A, C, and E can be particularly helpful.
Any of Edye's Naturals Products will be effective in helping you repair and maintain your cuticles. Edye’s Naturals Organic Face and Body Butter contains 9 vitamin-filled plant oils, which can help moisturize and repair your cuticles. To apply, begin by washing your hands and then massage a small amount into your nail beds. Since Edye’s Naturals contains only working ingredients, and no fillers, water, or alcohol, a little goes a long way and you don’t have to worry about ingredients damaging your skin further.
Maintain Your Cuticles:
As your cuticles play an important role in sealing your skin to the nail plate, removal can result in infection. It is recommended to never remove your cuticles. It is also advised not to trim your cuticles. If you do choose to trim your cuticles, as is sometimes done during manicures, ensure that the equipment being used is sterile.
Some people have a nervous habit of biting their nails or picking at their cuticles. This habit damages the skin and causes vulnerability to bacterial and fungal infections. Keeping your nails trimmed short can help prevent nail biting. Practice mindfulness and notice what triggers you to bite your nails or pick at your cuticles. Try replacing this habit with a healthier one over time.
Over washing your hands can also dry out your skin and lead to cuticle damage. If you need to wash your hands frequently, prevent damage to your skin by applying moisturizer after drying your hands.
Be Mindful of Products:
Pay attention to the products you are using on your hands and nails. It is best to limit your use of nail polish remover, and opt for an acetone-free formula when you do use it. Also be aware that hand sanitizer is very drying to the skin. Most commercial moisturizers and soap products are also damaging to the skin, as many contain chemicals and alcohols. While some of these products may show short-term improvement, they unfortunately cause more damage in the long-term. Remember that what you put on your skin goes into your bloodstream. Only choose products that are like food for your skin. With the above practices, you can help to repair and prevent cuticle damage.