How to Care for Your Cuticles

The cuticle has a big job: This sliver of skin acts as a protective barrier, preventing bacteria from sneaking into the nail bed and causing infection. Keep your cuticles healthy with the few simple steps demonstrated in this video.

What You Need

  • nail-polish remover
    hair conditioner
    bowl of warm water
    soft cloth
Follow These Four Easy Steps
  1. Remove your old polish

    Use nail-polish remover—preferably one without acetone, which is harsh and drying to nails and skin—to eliminate all traces of old polish.

  2. Moisturize your nails

    Work a drop or two of hair conditioner into your cuticles to make them supple.

  3. Soak your hand in warm water

    Let your hand sit in warm water for a few minutes to soften the skin.

    Tip: Work olive oil into your nail beds for a quick cuticle-moisture fix after a shower.

  4. Push back cuticles

    Remove your hand from the water, dry it, then use a soft cloth to gently push back your cuticles. Don’t cut them — cut cuticles make you prone to infection.