Q&A: How To Get Rid Of Dry Cuticles
As a beauty editor, I've spent many afternoons researching, reviewing and nailing beauty hacks that make life that bit nicer. Calluses from workouts? Soak your hands in Epsom salts. Ingrown hairs? Skip shaving 'down there'. Super soft and young-looking hands? Well, ignore caring for your cuticles and this is pretty impossible.
During winter, or any time the temperature decides to plummet, skin exposed to the elements takes a beating. Which is why your cuticles need TLC and not only when you get a manicure.
Let us explain.
The cuticle sits atop your nail. It's actually an extension of your skin and is there to protect the nail matrix. Damage it and you risk infection or at the least, discomfort.
To keep your hands healthy and happy this season, read on for Dr Sarah Brewer's, Health Span resident Medical Director, best advice on caring for cracked cuticles.
Q. How To Treat Dry Cuticles
Cracked cuticles can be due to dehydration, dry skin conditions or a harsh environment. For example immersing hands in detergent water without washing up gloves or picking at cuticles can exacerbate this condition. If you're noticing that your cuticles are peeling, cracking or lifting up at the sides, try the following remedies:
1. Use a good hand and nail moisturising cream daily and after every time you wash your hands.
2. Take omega 3 or evening primrose oil supplements. The fatty acids help to moisturise your hair and skin, and also help to lubricate and moisturise your nails.
3. Consider biotin if your nails are also brittle or flaking. It's the vitamin that helps improve your keratin infrastructure (a basic protein that makes up hair, skin and nails).
4. If you’re over 40, soy isoflavones are a good supplement. They're known for treating nail fungus infections, as well as moisturising your nail and the surrounding skin.