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Cuticles: Defending Your Digits

Cuticles form an occasionally contested border between skin and nail. Learn how nail technicians can safely get them into good condition with Groupon?s investigation.

No one pays much attention to cuticles until they start causing trouble. Either they grow thick enough to intrude on a uniform manicure or they tear and cause pain. But the clingy strips of skin at the bottom of each nail actually perform some important functions. First, cuticles act as protective barriers that help new keratin cells grow into long, healthy nails instead of short, creepy talons. Second, they help keep bacteria out of the nail bed, where it can cause painful infections.

Though some nail salons offer to trim your cuticles during a manicure, the risk of infection?even with properly sanitized instruments?may outweigh any aesthetic benefit. After all, cuticles will grow back no matter what, so even a temporarily neater line at the base of the nail is unlikely to last for more than a few days. But nail technicians do have ways of fashioning smooth ovals or almond shapes without exposing the nail to dangerous intruders. First, they?ll avoid tearing the skin by making sure it?s as soft and supple as possible. An intensive moisturizer will help, as will a soak in a bowl of warm water. Once the hands are well-conditioned, the tech will begin carefully, gently working with a cuticle stick, first pushing the cuticles back and then, with a tiny circular motion, buffing away any dead skin remnants and dried-on cupcake frosting still clinging to the nail.

50 Metric Dr
Tallmadge,
OH
US

A licensed chiropractor since 1989, Dr. Gary Minorik has been helping patients achieve improved spinal health at his own clinic since 1993. Today, he and his fellow back-focused doctors help diagnose and treat conditions including carpal tunnel, pinched nerves, and whiplash using restorative, hands-on techniques and a holistic approach. His staff of licensed massage therapists ease back pain with gentle strokes, helping spines achieve better alignment than a regiment of plastic army men.

2620 Ridgewood Rd
Akron,
OH
US

Medical bill review company. We go through your paperwork: billing statements and insurance Explanation of Benefits (eobs) and check that bills are paid correctly based on your insurance policy coverage.

767 Swartz Road
Akron,
OH
US

West End Blenz's nutrition gurus forge fresh fruits and healthy supplements into a selection of 25 smoothies. Flavors range from traditional strawberry and banana to protein-packed Bulk & Muscle smoothies, which can be sipped before the shop's community self-defense classes or attempts to bench-press the counter.

1947 W Market St
Akron,
OH
US

After 25 years as a loyal employee at Northwoods Lanes, Mike Trachsel joined forces with his wife, Sandy, to buy the lanes he?d come to love. Together, they work hard to ensure that the place maintains the timeless charm it has cultivated over its 50-year-plus history. The years have not been without modern upgrades, however; these include automatic scoring, flat-screen TVs, and cosmic bowling. The alley also features a snack bar and a pro shop where players can purchase a new ball or a bowling bag.

10435 Valley View Rd
Macedonia,
OH
US

For Sale By Owner Title Co. is a consumer direct title insurance company.

FSBO Title offers all your legal documents needed to sell or buy a home, free of charge.

We will guide you on marketing your home as well as providing exceptional service when closing your sale.

13385 W 130th St
North Royalton,
OH
US