Soaking your cuticles in warm water makes them softer, and thus better able to absorb care products. Like manicurists do at the salon, fill up a small bowl with warm (not hot) water and soak the tips of your nails for at least three minutes. To make it more of a spa experience, put rocks or marbles at the bottom of the bowl before adding the water.
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Take your favorite cuticle oil and gently massage it onto each cuticle. Cuticle oil provides plenty of much needed moisture, and in addition to making your cuticles look healthier, it can also help protect against future damage. Most cuticle oils also contain anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that can help heal any existing issues.
Step Three: Lotion ‘Em
Finish up your cuticle care by applying a gentle lotion to your hands and paying close attention to the nail bed when rubbing it in. This will add additional hydration, and also help prevent hangnails.
Note: If your cuticles are looking unruly, dip a cuticle stick into cuticle oil and use it to carefully push your cuticles back. Do this after applying oil all around the cuticles and before applying lotion to your hands.
How Often Should You Use Cuticle Oil?
For the healthiest cuticles possible, use cuticle oil daily, even if you’re not soaking your nails first (though do follow up with lotion, because that’s probably something you do regularly anyway). If you live in a humid climate where moisture in the air likely keeps your nails well moisturized already, you may be able to apply cuticle oil every other day or just a few times a week. What’s important is that you find a frequency that works for you and that you stick to it.
A gel French manicure should last 14 days or longer