Doug Schoon, CND's chief scientific advisor, defines a cuticle as "nonliving tissue that adheres to the nail plate"
Cuticles shed from the eponychium, the living skin at the nail's base
An intact cuticle acts as a protective seal between the skin and nail plate, according to a 2019 study in the Cureus Journal of Medical Science.
Improve your nail care to maintain healthy cuticles. Apply cuticle oils and creams daily, like you would your face.
"A hydrated cuticle is a healthy cuticle," says OPI North America's education and capability manager Darlene Sritapan.
Keep your nails trimmed and clean, use acetone-free nail polish remover to prevent overdrying, and avoid infection-inducing habits like biting your fingernails