Why you shouldn’t paint over your cuticles and how to stop

What are cuticles?
Your cuticles are the layer of skin at the bottom of each nail. As your nail grows out, a layer of skin called the epicuticle also grows over your nail. Both of these types of cuticles need to be attended to when painting your nails. 
How to prep cuticles for painting?

1. Apply cuticle softener along your cuticles and let it sit for 1-2 minutes. You can also soak your hand in warm water to further assist in cuticle softening. The softener is for people who have stubborn cuticles . Alternatively you can push your cuticles back on dry fingers- just be sure to be very gentle.

2. Using the esmio cuticle pusher, gently push the dead skin off your nails all the way down to your cuticles using a back and forth motion. Also ensure you push close to the side of your nails. The cleaner your nail beds, the easier the application for your gel and the better it will stick. Please note that you will have to do this every time you are prepping as the epicuticle (new skin) naturally grows on top of your nails when they grow out. 

3. Use the blade on the opposite end of our cuticle pusher to scrape off the skin from under your cuticles.

4. Wipe off the remaining cuticle softener from your nail beds with a cotton pad or tissue. Now you have the option of  (step 5) cutting away the excess dead skin and cuticles. If you are not comfortable with this option and do not wish to cut your cuticles, simply push away what is left and skip step 5 below.

5. Cut off excess cuticles with our cuticle clippers. Only cut away the lifted skin, cutting off too much skin can lead to nipping of your skin, and uneven skin regrowth.

How to take care of your cuticles?
Every 2 weeks you should be giving yourself a manicure even if you are not going to be painting your nails. If your cuticles are maintained, you will avoid them from overgrowing and cracking. You should also apply cuticle oil every day to hydrate them.  
What happens if you don't prep and paint over your cuticles? 
  • Your polish will begin to lift and peel off where your cuticles are. 
  • Your mani will look messy.