How to Use Cuticle Scissors
- Educational Resources
- 18 Jan, 2023
Looking for that perfect cuticle line? Then there's no better friend than high-quality cuticle scissors. Using the proper method and beauty tools, you can get a continuous cuticle line and reduce the risk of hangnails and accidental cuts while giving your nails a cleaner, more elegant appearance. Let’s take a look at how to use your Zamberg cuticle scissors and why they're way better than any other cuticle-cutting tool for sensitive skin.
What Are Cuticle Scissors Used For?
It may seem obvious from the name that cuticle scissors are sharp, with thin blades that are used for trimming unwanted skin in the nail bed. These scissors are designed to offer precision for a clean cut. But why is cuticle care important?
The nail bed is where nail growth begins, and cuticles protect our nails against infections. Therefore, cuticle care is essential to healthy nail growth and an essential starting point for a neat manicure. This tool is perfect for controlling overgrown or dead skin on and around the nails.
Discussing what cuticle scissors aren’t used for is also necessary for healthy nails. For starters, they aren’t intended to cut live skin. This can be painful and leave you with a mess on your hands… literally. Secondly, you don’t want to use them to trim anything other than overgrown cuticles and soft, dead skin. This includes your nails.
How to Use Cuticle Scissors on Yourself
To use the cuticle scissors, begin by pushing the cuticle back to clean the nail bed. You can do this with a cuticle pusher and some oil or moisturizer. Additionally, you can soften your cuticles by taking a warm bath. Pushing the skin back really helps to show where the dead skin is and where it isn't.
Then with the very tip of the scissors, remove the skin by trimming your cuticles. We're trying to only remove the line of skin that appears more translucent. When using cuticle scissors, it's very important that the blades cut perfectly perpendicular to the skin. Cutting the skin on an angle will result in fraying or peeling on the top of the finger. As you're cutting along the nail bed, the goal is to trim one cohesive piece of skin. That'll give you a smooth cuticle.
You may also wonder how to use curved cuticle scissors. With curved scissors, you'll essentially follow the same steps above. The main difference is that the nail scissors follow the natural curve of the cuticle zone. So when you get to the corners of your nails, having that curved edge will help you navigate the cuticle line more easily.
At the very end, dust off the skin and gently cut off any pieces left behind. Doing so will help you to remove cuticles and hangnails without damaging the underlying skin. Be very careful not to overdo it. You don't want any red, raw, or bleeding skin. Following your routine, apply your favorite moisturizer or cuticle oil and enjoy the stunning finish.
Cuticle Scissors vs Nippers
So what exactly makes cuticle nail scissors superior to other tools? Let’s take a look at one common competitor and weigh the pros and cons.
Cuticle nippers tend to be heavier and stiffer. And because a whole hand is required to get a good grip on the device, it also requires more force to use the tool. Both may get the job done, but scissors are more precise, sharp, and easier to handle
With scissors, you can more effortlessly move around the cuticle zone. In general, getting a clean cuticle line and trimming hangnails is much more effortless with cuticle scissors. This is especially true for delicate hands and sensitive skin.
However, not all cuticle scissors are made equally. Investing in a pair of durable scissors, made from high carbon stainless steel will ensure the blades will never rust, and shouldn’t need to be sharpened for up to 30 years. The same isn’t true for scissors made from stainless steel as well as other cuticle-cutting tools, like nippers, whose maintenance includes sharpening them every few months. At Zamberg, we feature brands like GERmanikure, that make some of the highest quality, hand made scissors on the market.
Tips for Cuticle Scissor Maintenance
To maintain the cleanliness of your scissors, use an alcohol wipe to clean the blades after each use. And it’s worth mentioning twice to preserve the sharpness of your scissors: do not use them to cut your nails. Although they're durable when used correctly, they're very precise tools. Using cuticle scissors on anything other than soft skin will damage them. Enjoy years of beautiful nails and long-lasting cuticle scissors by avoiding these two nail maintenance mistakes.