Learn about Cuticle scissors (also called trimmers) which are used to clear away dead skin near the foundation of your fingernail.
Good cuticle care contributes to the health of your fingers and skin, and decreases the likelihood that hangnails will become infected.
These little trimmers have curved blades that fit the region at the bottom of your nail. The blades are sharp for a clean cut. They’re used in conjunction with a cuticle stick, which pushes back the excess cuticle before trimming.
Most cuticle scissors are made in stainless steel with nickel or chrome blades for longevity and overall cleanliness. Stainless steel is very easy to sterilize and before you use any cuticle scissors that step is very important to protecting your hand’s health.
Over a few weeks time (2-3) use a cuticle stick to push back the cuticle. By the end of that period there will be some dead skin at the foundation of your nail. The skin is already dry, so it cuts away quite easily. Using cuticle scissors this way decreases the chance of infection (you’re not cutting into live tissue).
If for some reason you accidentally cut yourself, make sure to clean out the wound carefully, applying antibiotic cream and a clean bandage.
Note about cuticle scissors they should not be used for any other type of cutting. It’s essential that they remain sharp to neatly clear away the dead skin.
The process of giving yourself a manicure may take a little practice to do safely. However after a few tries you’ll be able to go from start to finish in about 30-45 minutes.
Start with a well-cleaned hand. File your nails (going in one direction consistently to avoid creating rough spots or cracks).
Next, soak your nails or use cuticle cream or oil so that they’re softened up for the cuticle stick. Carefully and gently trim the cuticle using cuticle scissors.
Now all that’s left is applying nail strengthener and some polish for a great look that doesn’t cost a fortune. Most of the tools for home manicures cost less altogether than one trip to a day spa!
So every time you give yourself a manicure, put a little money aside for a rainy day fund (or something more fun!).
Some hand and nail experts do not recommend cutting cuticles even with cuticle scissors. That’s because they create a protective barrier between the nail and your skin/finger. Without that barrier its easier that infections or fungus can grow.
From a visual perspective well-trimmed cuticles make for a more finished appearance in any manicure. It’s up to each individual to decide if trimming cuticles is right for the look desired and overall fingernail health.
Those who do decide to keep cuticles trimmed should always use cuticle scissors for best results. We hope this article helps you learn about cuticle scissors and how to use them.
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