Cuticles are more than a part of the nails cuticles are actually skin - When you suffer from dry hands and skin you get bad cuticles. Dry skin leads to many a mainicure problem.
The cuticle is the area surrounding the sides and base of the nail where the skin can actually connect to the nail if not cared for properly. Basic nail care is an easy fix to avoid bad cuticles which lead to bad nails.
once the cuticle attaches itself to the nail it grows outward and often times stays connected to the nail causing it to spilt and crack creating ugly painful nails.
Cuticles are just skin so why is it this small area of skin can cause so much aggravation and pain?