Cutting Your Cuticles? That’s A No-No

We know we bang on about cuticle care a fair bit, but here’s a fun fact you might not know…in most American states, it’s actually illegal to cut cuticles in a salon or spa because it’s considered a surgical procedure. Yep, when your girl trims your cuticles, it’s against the law. Think about it – someone is using a very sharp metal instrument to cut a part of your body. Do you know where those tools have been? Were they sterilised properly? What was her training? How hygenic is the salon? Did she use medical grade soap to wash her hands after she ate her lunch and went to the restroom? (and how sexist of us to assume your nail tech is a woman)

Think about it. Think about it hard. As Tee Hundley, celebrity manicurist and regular contributor around these parts, told Beauty High last week, “Live skin should not be cut.” Freshly cut live skin is like a carnival for bacteria – they can get in there and cause all kinds of nasty infections. It’s same the reason we advise you not to chew on your hangnails – open wound + germs = ouch.

Think about that the next time the girl at the salon asks if you want your cuticles trimmed, and ask for a push back instead. If you’re DIY-ing, something like butter LONDON Melt Away cuticle eliminator gently softens and removes the dead skin at the cuticles without the need to snip. You simple push it away and wash your hands. MUCH more hygenic.

Elise Wright

Elise is a social media strategist from Sydney, now living in NYC, who has a long standing love affair with the beauty industry- especially the nail industry!

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