I've always found it really easy to grow long and strong nails. I got those genes from my dad, I think. My nails are extremely thick and hard, but with thick nails come thick and dry cuticles - something I'm not a fan of. I know I've pointed out the importance of having smooth nails and cuticles before in order to get a good base for your nail polish. Cause let's face it - no nail art looks good without a bit of ground work.
What you'll need for cleaning up your cuticles is a cuticle remover gel (I'm using Sally Hansen instant cuticle remover, which I've heard is one of the best ones on the market), a metal cuticle pusher, as well as a nail and cuticle oil (mine is from Boots' own range).
If you look closely at my 'before' picture above, you can see that my cuticles are very dry, and that they've started to grow out on the nails a little bit - especially on the index and middle finger.
The first thing you need to do is grab your Sally Hansen bottle, and carefully apply the cuticle remover gel around your nails and on your cuticles with the pipe.
I know it says 15 seconds on the bottle, but I leave the gel on for about a minute before I move to the next step. This is so that the gel really dissolves the cuticles before you push them back - this simply makes it easier, and you decrease the risk of damaging your nails.
Carefully push the soft cuticles back with the metal cuticle pusher, with the gel still on them. Don't push too hard or with the cuticle pusher in a weird angle, as this can leave marks in your nails.
Once you've pushed the cuticles back on all nails, just wash your hands with warm water, and then apply some nail and cuticle oil that you gently massage in. There are tons of different brands of cuticle oils, but I can really recommend the one from Boots' own brand.
What do you think of the finished result?
Do you have any nail and cuticle maintenance tips of your own?