Many of us have heard about the dangers of cutting our cuticles. Clipping cuticles may still be a common practice in some salons, but it’s not a good idea. Cuticles are connected to the skin around the nail to the nail plate to protect them from infection and cutting your cuticles can allow germs to enter the area. It can also allow fungal infections, such as yeast, viruses like herpes or warts, and bacteria including paronychia. Cutting your cuticles may lead to your cuticles becoming ragged and painful, and can lead to the appearance of white spots or ridges.
So how can you care for your cuticles? Pushing your cuticles back is just fine. When you get out of the shower, use your own fingernail to push back cuticles on the opposite hand then use a warm washcloth to wipe off any excess skin down towards the knuckle. You can also push back the cuticles by applying cuticle remover on each nail, wrapping the tip in cotton, and gently pushing the cuticle back to create that perfect ridge.