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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 Drive
Tallmadge,
OH
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Upon entering Rose Bowl Florists & Gift Shop, the scent of freshly cut flowers and hand-poured candles floods the senses. Friendly florists—each hand-picked by the owners—man the counters, assembling these fragrant gifts into special flower arrangements for occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, bridal showers, and the successful completion of regular showers. Using fresh blooms and blossoms of flowers such as roses, calla lilies, and orchids, they create spectacular designs for congratulations, sympathy arrangements, and seasonal arrangements. They also stocks the shop with perennials, annuals, seasonals, gifts, and gardening supplies, ranging from sunflowers and gourmet chocolates to artificial flowers and wreaths.

440 Portage Trail Ext W
Cuyahoga Falls,
OH
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As a high-school athlete and baseball-scholarship recipient at Boston College, Doctor of Chiropractic John St. John suffered from shoulder and elbow problems. Fortunately, he could count on his chiropractor and applied kinesiologist to keep him in the ball game. His positive experiences with alternative medicine shaped his future career path as a chiropractor. Today, at Holistic Visionary, he offers chiropractic treatments, applied kinesiology, and nutritional counseling to treat such issues as back pain, indigestion, arthritis, and fibromyalgia.

200 Industrial Pky, Ste 3
Chagrin Falls,
OH
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Today's Bride Magazine & Shows received a 4.5-star average from three Project Wedding users and has more than 700 Facebook fans:

1989 Front Street
Cuyahoga Falls,
OH
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For more than 25 years, Play It Again Sports has bedecked kids and adults with high-end, wallet-friendly athletic armor so that they can kick, swing, punt, and take exception to referee calls with gusto. New inventory arrives every day, and the friendly staff can lead quality-seeking shoppers to the top brands lining the spacious storefront shelves, including Callaway, Taylor Made, Nike, Adidas, Easton, Horizon Fitness, and more. Prices vary by item, but you'll have enough credit to purchase many different athletic accoutrements. Ice fans can outfit themselves with used skates (figure or hockey), and divot devotees can load up on golf balls or golf discs. Otherwise, get started on a collection of P90X workout accessories so that you're prepared to play any sports that appear to you in dreams.

661 Howe Ave
Cuyahoga Falls,
OH
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The master florists at Cox Flowers expertly tuck complementary blossoms into bouquets and vases within their fragrant storefront. An array of bouquets expresses lively affection with assorted bundles of hot-pink spray roses, light-pink alstroemeria, and miniature carnations arranged in baskets or glass vases. Popular choices such as the Warm Thoughts arrangement, with its with pastel sprays of pink carnations, yellow and lavender daisies, and yellow gladioli, expresses sympathy that one’s previous flowers died. For birthdays, the Your Special Day's roses and hydrangeas form the shape of a cake, complete with hot-pink candles.

2721 Front St
Cuyahoga Falls,
OH
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