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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Cuticle and Nail Care

Hello lovelies,

I've been working late these past few days on a project at work and it's likely I will be doing a lot of overtime from now till end of December...possibly longer if we are not done by then. Yikes! It's good to make extra money especially during the holidays and because I've been spending left and right.

How do you take care of your hands and nails? Do you also pamper them regularly or do you often neglect them?

As far myself, quite honestly they could use a bit more TLC but I do try to take care of them whenever I can or remember to. So on days, I have time to give my hand, nails, and cuticle special attention, this is what I do...

  1. Clip and File
    • I either clip and/or file and shape my nails about once a week. I can't keep them any longer than what you see in the above pictures otherwise, they'll chip and break very easily.
  2. Remove Cuticle
    • I use a cuticle remover to soften dry dead skins around my cuticles. I am currently using the Cuticle Eliminator and you can also get this from Sally Beauty Supply. It works wonderfully and really quickly too. I leave it on for a minute and then use a cuticle stick to push them back. With a warm wet cloth or paper towel, I wipe the product and dry skin off my fingers. I do this about once a week. If you don't have a cuticle remover or don't want to buy one, you can certainly soak your hands in warm water for 5 minutes before removing and pushing back your cuticles. I recommend that you do this before applying your nail color cause having a paint job over residual dry skin is just not attractive. 
  3. Moisturize
    • After I've done removing and pushing back my cuticles, I apply cuticle oils and massage them in. This will give them an instant boost and moisturize them. I am using OPI Avoplex cuticle oil.
    • I also massage hand cream on my hands, fingers, and cuticles. My favorite is the Aveeno handcream, it's really great for dry hands but I use OPI Avoplex sparingly. It's not as affective as Aveeno but it absorbs quickly, doesn't feel greasy, and smells nice. During the cold months, I try to remember to use hand cream each time after I was my hands. They get very dry in the Winter.
  4.  Strengthen your nails
    • If you have weak and brittle nails, I'd recommend a nail strengthener such as the Sally Hansen Triple Strong. Honestly, this is the best I've tried so far and it's great as a base for your nail polish because it also smooth out your nail ridges and dries fast.

That's pretty much all that I do when I need to pamper my hands and nails. I'd like to hear how you take care of your hands and nails and which are your favorite products to use.

I hope this post was helpful.

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  1. Great tips! I use hand creme obsessively in the colder months but I need to pick up a cuticle oil too. Strengthening base coats are such a life saver too--I can't believe more people don't use them.

    1. I get lazy sometimes but I try. I should use strenghtening base more often.


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