Having healthy cuticles can help your nails look better, but nail cuticle care is essentially important for another reason—the cuticle protects the nail bed. Damaged or unhealthy cuticles can lead to severe infections, hangnail problems, nail fungus and other unpleasant issues. One easy way to ensure fingernail health is to take good care of your cuticles.


Keep cuticles moist to prevent dryness that leads to peeling and splitting cuticles, as well as hangnails. Moisturize hands, nails and cuticles each time you wash your hands. Be sure to massage the moisturizer into your cuticles. Use Cutex’s patented, protein-enriched removers instead of traditional removers. Cutex products are specially formulated to moisturize nails and cuticles as they remove polish.

Cutting your cuticles can increase dryness and cause them to crack and bleed. Instead, use a cuticle stick to gently push back your cuticles and remove excess skin. Hold the stick at an angle to ensure that you don’t damage the cuticle.


Wear gloves when you’re working around the house or garden. This will prevent harsh cleaning agents, dirt and bacteria from damaging your cuticles.

Don’t bite your nails or cuticles, and never pull or rip your cuticles with your fingers or teeth. Avoid overuse of traditional polish removers as they can cause cuticles to become overgrown and hardened. If you want to change your polish more than once a week, switch to Cutex Nail Polish Remover to help keep your nails and cuticles healthy.


If your cuticles are already damaged, you can take a few simple steps to make them healthy again. Start by soaking your fingers in a bowl of warm water to soften your cuticles. Once they’re soft, carefully trim excess dead skin or hangnails. Then trim your nails straight across your nail bed and file them gently with a nail file.

Use a cuticle stick to gently push cuticles back and moisturize with cuticle oil or olive oil. Follow up with a good hand cream to seal in the moisture, and you’re on your way to cuticle health.