What will help with dry cracked skin around the sides of the nail?
I recommend weekly manicures or pedicures for starters, taking advantage of every oil treatment in your arsenal. I would also use a cuticle eliminator to remove dead skin from around the cuticle area. I recommend using a hot towel method (where you wrap hot towels over the cuticle remover, allowing it to do its magic for about five minutes) rather than soaking the nails in water, which would further dry out the skin.
If the skin is so cracked that it’s bleeding, I would refer the client to a dermatologist. — Becky Bence is a nail tech at Salon 505 in Austin, Texas, and a continuing education instructor at Ultimate Face University.