A few weeks ago, when I put the call out for questions for my F.A.Q vlog, I got this question sent to me:
“I have really horrible nails. The cuticles are all scraggly and I always get hangnails and torn bits of skin at the edges. I’d like to fix them but I have to ask…where do I start?”
From the information in the question above, it sounds as though your nails and cuticles are very dehydrated. The lack of moisture will cause the skin around the nail to peel and split. Not a pretty sight. However, there are a few very simple things that you can do to combat this:
– First of all, increase the amount of moisture going into your body. Make sure that you’re getting enough to drink each day.
– Then, get into the habit of using a cuticle oil or cream regularly. Just dab a little bit on each cuticle, rub it in and then leave it to absorb into the nail bed. I like to do this at night before I got to bed, because the oil will have a better chance to sink into your skin. If your cuticles are really dry, I would recommend doing this two or three times a day until they start to look a bit softer. Then you could just moisturise them once a day. My favourite cuticle butter is Lush’s Lemony Flutter. It smells divine and does the job.
Next, you’ll need too do some grooming. You could book yourself in for a fancy manicure, or just do it yourself at home. Get yourself a cuticle stick, and gently push the cuticles back. I like to wait until I’ve just gotten out of the shower, when the skin is nice and soft. Do this once a week, to make sure that the cuticle isn’t growing over the nail bed. Carefully trim off the excess skin with a pair of very sharp cuticle scissors.
The next step is prevention. To keep your nails and cuticles in tip-top condition, be sure to wear gloves when doing household chores like washing the dishes. The detergents and hot water can be very drying. Also, take care when washing your hands. Avoid using regular soap, as this can be harsh on the skin. Look for a moisturising hand soap which contains wheat germ, olive oil or vitamin E to nourish your hands. Be sure to wash your hands in warm water only. Very hot water can dry your hands out and cause the cuticles to crack. Hand sanitizer should also be used sparingly. Handy as it is, the alcohol in these products can be drying, so only use hand sanitizer when you can’t get to a sink to wash your hands.
In cold weather, shield your hands from the elements with a pair of cute gloves. For really soft hands, apply a light layer of hand cream before you put your gloves on. When you remove them, your mitts will be soft as kittens.
Do you have any tips for caring for nails and cuticles?
Also, if you have a beauty question that you’d like me to answer, please get in touch with me. I’d love to help you out.