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.
In 1880, the final fasteners and sleepers on the Valley Railway were tightened into place. It wouldn’t be long before a billowing cloud of steam announced the arrival of the first train running through the Cuyahoga Valley, a territory that had served as a passageway for foot traffic for thousands of years. Over the next century, the railway contributed to the growth of commerce between Akron and Cleveland, changing ownership multiple times, and transforming from a freight train, into a passenger train, back to a freight train, and finally into a UFO.
Now celebrating its 41st year of passenger-rail service, the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad transports sightseers over the historic rails through 33,000 acres of land owned by the National Park Service. With a year-round roster of trips, including wine- and beer-tasting excursions, passengers can set forth on morning, afternoon, and evening journeys that sweep past meadowlands, pinery, and rivers and give glimpses of native wildlife, such as fox, deer, bobcat mascots, and owls.
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.
Annette Allen wears her passions on her person, declaring her love for running and her family through personalized jewelry. Her business, i declare!, follows suit with sterling silver pieces customized by hand. Annette’s collection brandishes names, initials, and motivational words that inspire their wearers to “live, love, run” and to “unplug the toaster, just in case.”
Hipster’s showcases posh pint-size wares and gifts to convert growth-spurt-fueled wallet drainage into a pleasant exercise in fashion recycling. Fill youngsters' wardrobes with tenderly donned designer shirts ($3–$6), shoes ($3–$6), pants ($5–$7), and jammies ($3–$4), or treat toddlers to an array of barely used sitting devices such as highchairs ($30+) and bouncy seats ($12+). The locally owned shop stocks a spectrum of sizes to fit kids ages 12 and under, ensuring that by the time children no longer fit into Hipster's ensembles, malls will finally take the form of convenient holograms. If shoppers become inspired to consign their own used items, the store will allow them to track their accounts with an online service or a footprint expert.
No matter what the occasion, flowers always seem to make it brighter. At LOREN'S FLORAL & BOUTIQUE we boast a very diverse assortment of floral and gift items. Choose from our most popular items or describe your ideas to our floral designers and they'll create a unique basket or arrangement just for you.