I'm going to preach for a second ... then a video ;)
One of the most important aspects of taking care of your nails is moisturizing the nail AND cuticle. Moisturizing the nail beds is fairly self explanatory, but recently I realized there is some confusion as to why we must moisturize our cuticles. Yes, part of the reason we moisturize our cuticles is because we don't want them to look to' up from the flo' up. More importantly however, the root and matrix of the nail is located right below the cuticle, slightly under the (proximal fold) skin. Lets review the nail.
tremor hands as specimens in this earlier post. Let's continue to mock him.
At the base of the nail is your "cuticle". As I have discussed already this cuticle is actually made of two parts, the 'true cuticle' and the 'eponychium'. Underneath the proximal nail fold is the root and matrix, i.e. the heart of your nail.
Because the nail root is near the cuticle, moisturizing the cuticle creates the moisturizing environment needed to keep the nail flexible from the very start of its growth cycle. Eventually your nail will fully grow out from cuticle to tip having been moisturized the entire way up. It takes about 6 months to grow out a nail fully from root to free edge.
Since many of us keep our nails painted at all times, it becomes even more important to moisturize the cuticle since moisturizers can not penetrate through polish to moisturize the nail bed.
Keeping the nail and cuticle area consistently and frequently moisturized will promote a healthy nail bed, which will allow you to grow healthy nails at any length. When a nail plate balances both hardness and flexibility peeling and breaking can be prevented. I previously talked about the importance of moisturizing the nail and cuticle in this post and also an alternative here.
As I said in my first moisturizing post, there is no "right" moisture delivery system. It's up to you to choose what is "right" for you. The only real rule is to use them ... consistently and frequently. Seriously, moisturize like it's your job!
The follow video goes into a few options, but it is in no way the end all be all, just random stuff I grabbed around the house. I also go into what I prefer and how I do my thang!
If you are looking for a cuticle oil recipe head on over to For Me It Works. This chica has such lovely nails because she too is a stickler for MOAR MOISTURE!
For you ladies that can't stand greasy fingers this may be a viable option.