Cuticles are one of those menial, yet annoying banes in life. I dislike really prominent cuticles so I do endeavour to banish them as much as possible. I will be the first to confess that I am an awful nail/cuticle picker. It is a horrible, subconscious habit. After reading Lacquerised: how to: happy cuticles last year, it made me highly motivated to take more care of my cuticles and nails, and develop a regime. Using my friends above, I have seen a marked improvement on the condition and appearance of my nails, and cuticles, in particular. This post demonstrates my current cuticle/nail state, undeniably not perfect, but miles better than they were a few months ago.
★ China Glaze Cuticle Oil: This is perfect for softening and conditioning dry, damaged cuticles, whilst also increasing the flexibility and strength of the natural nail. The oil smells a little fruity and is a special blend of five nourishing oils, including Jojoba, rice bran and antioxidant rich Vitamins A, C and E. This cuticle oil also pertains botanical extracts, such as Rosemary extract, which acts as a natural soothing and antiseptic agent. Cuticles are not only crucial for nail growth but they act as a barrier against bacteria, so you need to take care when poking and prodding them, which is why this oil is perfect because of it’s antiseptic and anti-inflammatory agents. The applicator is just a standard nail brush and I apply a coat to each nail and then massage it in before reaching for an orange stick…
★ Orange Sticks: A pretty standard addition to any nail care ensemble. I just use the flat, tapered end and gently run it along the cuticle, removing any dead skin.
★ Sally Hansen’s Cuticle Massage Cream with Apricot Oil : I simply adore this. Firstly, it smells delicious, a real medley of fruitiness. Secondly, it works wonders as an overnight treatment for your nails and cuticles. You could use it as above, in place of the cuticle oil, but I find it most effective when slathered on at night and left to nourish and soften your cuticles, ultimately improving the condition and suppleness of them. It also has made my nails seem strengthened and blessed with a glossy sheen. I probably do this once or twice a week.
Do you have a cuticle care regime?
I would love to know which products you swear by.