Well it really not as difficult as it sounds; in actual fact in an ideal world you should be making use of all three of these fabulous products.

What is the cuticle and where is it situated?

The cuticle is the skin that encapsulates your nail, and in some instances can adhere to the nail plate resulting in sore and inflamed skin as it is forced to break free. It is for this reason that manicures are essential.



Here is an image of the Nail which clearly demonstrates the CUTICLE area...



Here is a breakdown of the basic cuticle care products ...

A Cuticle remover -

Is a product which contains Potassium Hydroxide. It is designed to soften the cuticle (skin) on the nail plate and to help loosen it up. This allows for easier pushing back and cutting of the cuticles and it also prevents tearing and feathering of the cuticles which often results in sore and inflamed cuticles.


*** This is not a nourishing or hydrating product, it is meant to aid and assist in the manicure clean up process.


Some of my favorites are …

Milk Solutions, Orly and Essence







A Cuticle Cream –

Is a treatment product designed to nourish, soften and restore moisture to the cuticle area, often rich in natural plant nut, fruit, essential oils such as Avocado oil, Apricot Oil and Wheatgerm Oil.  A great product to rub into you cuticles at least twice a week, make sure to massage in with circular movements around the cuticles and over the nail.


*** Do not use this prior to painting your nails, unless you wipe down your nails with nail enamel remover. Cuticle cream is oil based and will cause your nail polish to chip and lift if not used correctly.


Some of my favorites are …

Milk Solutions, Ahava and Sally Hansen






Cuticle Oil –

Is a treatment meant to intensely hydrate the cuticle area, it is great to use around the nails and under a hand mask. Or simply apply the oil around your cuticles prior to applying hand cream. It is a booster product and designed particularly for super dry cuticles. Again it contains pure vegetable, plant and fruit oils to super hydrate and nourish the cuticles and restore moisture and nourishment to the nail growth area.


*** Do not use this prior to painting your nails, unless you wipe down your nails with nail enamel remover. Cuticle oil is obviously oil based and will cause your nail polish to chip and lift if not used correctly.


Some of my favorites are …

CND Solar Oil, Milk Solutions, Essie and Essence





So you see, each has its own rather unique function and purpose.



Hope this helps

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