Mani Monday: Cutting vs. Pushing Back Cuticles


When I get a manicure, I tend to zone out and let the nail artist work her magic. However, come cuticle-clipping time, I always snap back into focus. Friends tell me that getting your cuticles cut is a no-no, so I decided it’s finally time to do some digging and find out whether cuticle cutting is actually bad for your nail beds.

The quick answer? Yes, cuticle cutting can be potentially harmful. Manicurists cut cuticles to make your manicure look more polished and clean, but according to The Huffington Post, this also increases the risk of inflammation and infection. The cuticle is essentially a barrier that protects the nail from bacteria. Once cut, there isn’t anything to protect your manicured tips from a not-so-fabulous infection.

The solution: pushing back your cuticles. It’s just as effective – without the risk of infection. The best part about going the non-clipper route is that you can even do it yourself. Imagine trying to clip your own cuticles? Yikes. Simply soak your hands in warm water (doing this will soften the cuticles), apply cuticle cream, and use a cuticle pusher to gently push back the cuticles. Check out this great tutorial for step-by-step instructions on how to do a clean, safe manicure at home.

By Carolyn Schultz, Staff Writer

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July 29, 2013