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Cuticle Care Quiz
by Staff
Here's your chance to test what you know about cuticles; everything from what they actually are to why we have them and how you should be properly caring for them.

When the manicurist asks if you'd like your cuticles trimmed, what's your best answer?

  • Yes, please trim them.
  • No, please don't clip or trim my cuticles.
  • No, please buff them with a nail file instead.

True or false: Cuticles are dead skin cells that have collected at the base of the nail.

  • True
  • False

Cuticles have a purpose. What is it?

  • produce nail plate cells
  • provide a barrier against infection
  • produce keratin to form the nail

Which of the following nutrients should you add to your diet for good nail health?

  • lean protein
  • calcium
  • vitamin A
  • vitamin E
  • all of the above
  • both lean protein and calcum

True or false: You don't need anything more than an everyday hand lotion to treat dry, damaged cuticles.

  • True
  • False

What ingredients should you look for in cuticle creams?

  • petroleum
  • glycerin
  • shea butter
  • citric acids
  • all of these ingredients

True or false: Cuticle oil is the only way to moisturize cuticles.

  • True
  • False

What types of oils will you commonly find in cuticle oils?

  • vegetable and flaxseed oils
  • olive and vitamin E oils
  • fish oil

How you should prep your cuticles before moisturizing?

  • Soak fingers in warm water (or shower) for 10-15 minutes, and gently push back cuticles if they are thick.
  • Exfoliate with alpha hydroxy acids.
  • Apply a skin-drying, anti-fungal product.

Exfoliating will help maintain your healthy cuticles. Which two ingredients should you use in your own DIY at-home exfoliating scrub?

  • oil and sugar
  • sugar and water
  • salt and water
  • salt and oil