Thank Your Cuticles for Defending Your Digits

BY: Groupon Editors |
Thank Your Cuticles for Defending Your Digits

Indianapolis is home to the largest single-day sporting event in the world—the Indianapolis 500—and the NCAA headquarters, making it a frequent site for men’s and women’s basketball tournaments. But amid all the love for getting your hands dirty racing cars or shooting hoops, there are also plenty of Indianapolis nail salons where the focus is on beautifying those hard-working hands. At nail salons and spas in Indianapolis, nail technicians take care to keep not just nails but also cuticles in good condition. Read on to learn why cuticles are important.

What are cuticles, anyway?

Cuticles‚ the clingy strips of skin at the bottom of each nail, tend to only get attention when they start causing trouble. Either they grow thick enough to intrude on a uniform manicure or they tear and cause pain. But cuticles actually perform some important functions. First, they 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 could otherwise cause painful infections.

Should you get your cuticles trimmed during a manicure?

Probably not. 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. Besides, 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.

How do nail techs keep cuticles in good shape?

Trained techs know how to fashion smooth ovals or almond shapes without exposing nails 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.