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Safely Removing Cuticles

Although nail techs do more than just remove your polish and paint your nails, you donít have to go to a salon to get a professional manicure or pedicure. If you are looking to save money, time, or just want to try to do your nails yourself, follow these easy steps:

1: Make sure your nails are clean. Just like in a salon, the first step is to remove any nail polish, then gently brush your nails with a cuticle remover like Blue Cross Cuticle Remover to help dissolve your cuticles. Wash hands thoroughly.

2: Soften Up.

Apply a cuticle oil to your nail beds. Let sit for 3-5 minutes to soften cuticle and absorb oil. Allow nails to dry completely.

3: Push it back.

Your cuticles may be soft enough that they donít require any clipping. The remover may have only softened your cuticles, leaving them supple, but still in need of some work. Use a nail pusher to gently push cuticles back. Start by pushing from the nail bed, then push around the nail on each of the sides. Whatís left of your cuticle will be pushed up and in view, so youíll know where you need to trim.

4: Trim, Clip, or Cut.

Clip or trim any excess cuticle skin with a trimmer or nipper. Be careful not to cut back any other skin, as it could lead to an infection. Gently push the nail pusher underneath your fingernails to remove any dead skin.

5: Go buff.

Rub a nail buffer in a side-to-side motion across each fingernail to remove any excess oil. Buffing your nails will also prepare a base to make your polish last longer, and keep your nails from chipping or splitting.

Take precautions, just like in a professional salon, and make sure to sterilize your tools after use. Once you have finished the process, you can paint, apply acrylics, or just leave your nails natural.

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