"Once you let someone cut your cuticles you will end up in a vicious cycle of constantly having to cut them. I’m a big believer that cutting the cuticle is not the way to go. Your skin is your body’s largest organ and your cuticles are the end of the skin – they are meant to be there to act as barrier for bacteria.
It’s always necessary for the cuticles to be softened before they are pushed back because pushing on the matrix of the nail—the base of the cuticle where the nail is formed—too hard can damage the nail. It’s really imperative that the skin is softened, not simply hydrated, before cuticles are pushed back."