There’s so much going on with nail care routines, whether it’s a gel or a quick mani pedi – and let’s not get started on the different finishes… It’s all too easy to compartmentalise those complex beauty routines and forget about the smaller things.
And while it’s not always paid the most attention, the skin surrounding our nails is just as important as the nails themselves. Instagram-worthy nail art can always be improved with some extra TLC for the cuticles, and it makes all the difference.
Luckily, we’ve got some wise words from the nail professional who works on Beyoncé‘s phenomenal looks. Here she shares exactly why it’s so important to look after those cuticles.
“Cuticles are an extension of your hand. If your hand is dry, it affects your cuticle, as well as your nail condition in the long run,” says Beyoncé’s personal nail artist and representative of nail brand Essie, Miho Okawara.
Considering it’s some of the most readily-exposed skin, looking after those precious hands should move straight to the top of your agenda. “The most important thing for dry cuticles is aftercare. You must put cuticle oil on after applying nail polish to finish off. Cuticle oil not only moistens your nail but also speeds up the drying process,” says Miho.
Taming that dry, flaky skin is easier than you think. “Soak your fingertips in warm water to soften your skin and then massage your fingertips with oil or cream. Using a hand mask is another good option. After the massage, put the hand mask on your hand and wait for 20 minutes. Remove the hand mask and massage your hands again – this process helps to enhance blood circulation.”
So how exactly does singer, actress and all-round queen Beyoncé take care of her own nails? “I do weekly maintenance for my A-list clients, but I recommend they use organic cuticle oils and hand masks at night. Those are easy self treatments you can do on your own,” Miho explains.
It’s the simple things that make all the difference. A cuticle oil here, a quick soaking of the fingertips there, and the nail care routine you’re so used to is instantly upgraded.