A cuticle trimmer is a long handled device with a sharp razor at the end that is used to trim off dead skin at the cuticles or to cut off hangnails. One may be used by manicurists or anyone who enjoys nail care.
Some manicurists prefer cuticle scissors to a trimmer because scissors require slightly less precision. Both tools are quite sharp and should never be used on skin that is still alive. In fact, the clipper should only be used when hangnails or extra dead skin make the cuticles of the nails appear ragged.
A person must use absolutely precise movements with a cuticle trimmer. It can help if the individual uses a large magnifying glass over the hand so as not to accidentally cut away live skin. A quick slip can cause a pretty severe cut, since the razor end is very sharp.
Generally, the point of the blade of the cuticle trimmer should be directly toward the nail, rather than the cuticle. Excess skin should be cut in an upward sweep so as to avoid cutting down into the finger. When cutting of hangnails, the cut should be directed away from the rest of the finger, instead of toward it. Users should be careful, however, not to sweep too briskly and run the blade into the finger next to the one being trimmed.
Some people confuse the cuticle trimmer with a cuticle pusher. A cuticle pusher tends to be made of wood or plastic and is used to push the cuticle skin down for a more even appearance. By pushing the skin down, one also reveals more of the half moon shape at the bottom of the finger or toenails.
Some people should avoid using a cuticle trimmer on their feet. Those who have diabetes are extremely vulnerable to infections of the feet, so they should never use any cutting tool on them without first consulting a medical professional about the safety issues involved.
People who are vulnerable to skin infections may also want to avoid using sharp tools their on hands or feet. In addition, if hangnails or the cuticles appear to be filled with pus, they should be examined by a medical professional.