Did you know that a cuticle pusher is one of the guarantors of a quality manicure and an integral part of it? And if it’s not in your tolls arsenal, we suggest you read our article today, in which we will talk all about this wonderful instrument and try to convince you that it is a real must-have!
What is a cuticle pusher?
A pusher is a nail tool, with the shape of a blade on one side, various modifications (axe, spatula, etc.). The main function of the fixture is cuticle removal.
Types of cuticle pushers?
Cuticle pushers can be made of different materials: metal, plastic, wood, silicone.
Mostly pushers vary in tip types and are:
- single-sided with one work surface;
- two-sided — classic option with a shoulder blade on one side and an axe on the other;
- with a rubber tip (such options are the safest);
- especially for a pedicure: with a wider shoulder blade;
Also, instruments vary in tip shapes: oval, almond-shaped, square, round, flat, convex.
There is another division: by scope. Pushers are medical (e.g., to remove an ingrown nail), manicure, pedicure (with a wide blade).
Since our area is manicure, we get on manicure pushers and learn everything about them.
What is a cuticle pusher for?
So, a cuticle pusher is needed primarily to push the cuticle. The tool has a comfortable shape, optimal for freeing the nail plate from excess skin, to maximize the “opening” of the workspace.
No other tool will shift the skin film so carefully and efficiently. And it’s necessary to do it because the skin is:
- is constantly growing up, looking unaesthetically and leading to burr formation;
- prevents the creams and oils from soak up at the base of the nail;
The axe, most often adjacent to the blade on one instrument, is also important. It can help you get rid of contaminants under the nail, side rollers, slim the ingrown nail.
How do I use cuticle pusher?
If you use the blade to push the cuticle away, you must treat the skin with a remover, to begin with, a remover, wait about a minute and then move it down gently on the flat side of the tool, to the nail bed. Make sure that the angle of the pusher does not exceed 45 degrees. Don’t push hard, work delicately. Don’t work on weight: Put your fingers on a flat surface to minimize the possibility of accidental injuries.
Is there any contamination left on or under the nail? Then gently and carefully brush them with a pusher.
How do I choose a cuticle pusher?
Moving on to one of the most important parts of our article: How do you not make a mistake when choosing a pusher? Let’s define the basic criteria.
- Tool material
Prefer stainless steel. They are more durable and better sanitizable.
Take the tool in your hand — if it doesn’t slide and you’re generally comfortable holding it, then you’re the best option in front of you.
- Tip shape
Choose a pusher based on the anatomical shape of your nail plate. The versatile fit for everyone is the oval tip.
How to properly care after a pusher?
After each use, the pushers must be disinfected. This can be done by antiseptic solution, by boiling or sterilizing under UV rays.
Keep the pusher in a separate case or a compartment along with other tools at room temperature in a dry room.