Quench the skin’s thirst

Quick post before I hit the hay.

Ever wonder what you can do to improve the strength & quality of your nails? How to remedy your hands’ dry skin? How to soften your cuticle area?

The answer is very simple: cuticle oil. Yep! You heard me, cuticle oil.

20121023-035301.jpg Now, I know what you are thinking: “Does it really work?”
The answer is, yes. But you need to choose the right one.
To decipher if the cuticle oil is legit or not, take a look at the ingredients. One of the first ingredients should be mineral oil. In case you don’t know, the first is what there is the most of. Therefore, if your first ingredient is mineral oil, then you can bet that it is a fairly good one. Essential oils make great ingredients for cuticle oil, as well.

“I don’t like my hands feeling sticky and/or getting oil on everything I touch.” Well, the best and most effective time to apply cuticle oil is at night right before you go to bed. You won’t be touching anything or using your hands, so you don’t need to worry about it.
And, unlike lotion, cuticle oil shouldn’t leave a sticky residue. If you are rubbing it in thoroughly, it should soak in and have no residue. If anything, you can lightly wipe some off with a towel.
This is also a great time to apply lotion to your feet. Cracked heels, or callus feet can be treated with nightly application of lotion. Since you will be going to bed, you won’t be too bothered by the lotion feel on your feet.

The droplet forms are my favorite because they are the most sanitary. You don’t want to touch the skin with the droplet, though. Because that can cause skin particles and possible any nail disease to touch the droplet, which then is placed in oil— a moist, warm place for bacteria to thrive in.
Just place a small drop on each or every other nail, and rub into each nail, all around the cuticles, and entire finger. Then, you can rub your hands together, and wipe off and apply any excess oil onto any other dry area of skin. I usually put it on my elbows. You can also apply this to your toes. Feet often get neglected, so give it some love.

If you are consistent with your nightly application of cuticle oil you should see some improvement in your skin’s condition, and even in your nails.

Most drugstores will carry cuticle oil. But be sure you look at the ingredients, since many are cheap imitation forms filled only with alcohol and fragrance.
Your best bet may be to find a salon. Otherwise, you can search online for some brand name products.

One of my favorite brand is: Lechat . They come in several different scents and leave your hands feeling soft. They don’t feel sticky after application, but rather fairly dry to the touch. I like the pomegranate scent; the lavender is very calming; the lemongrass is fresh; red apple is sweet; tea tree is strong, but I don’t mind it, and it is good for fighting fungus; and cucumber melon is very refreshing.

20121023-034531.jpg Pretty nail designs and polished fingers are great, but quenching your skin’s thirst is also very important! No matter how beautiful your nail design is, it can lose its attractiveness when the skin around it is dry, peeling, and cracked.

Thanks for visiting, and remember to keep your claws modish!

Xoxo,
Stacia

**PC: My friend, MJ

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