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.

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, towel, soft cloth

Follow These 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.

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