Post # 1
I’m looking for some good tips for keeping my hands and nails in tip top condition. My hands get extremely dry, I have thick cuticules that I try to push back and sometimes the skin around my nails flakes and gets rough, especially my thumbs. I wash my hands a lot because of my job and sometimes the skin on my palms begins to peel away in patches because they’re so dry. I do moisturise but maybe I should be doing other stuff? I look at all the beautiful nails and manicures here on the bee and get rather envious! All tips and tricks welcome!
Post # 3
My sister does nail art for fun. She takes a prenatal, and uses a special cuticle softener every night!
Post # 4
Gold bond softening lotion with shea butter (yellow words on the bottle)…..it’s heaven for my hands and dry skin on my arms and legs in the winter or cold months especially.
Post # 5
@BrandNewBride: Cuticule softener! Good idea, thanks 🙂
@NicoleLyn1218: Thank you for the tip!
Post # 6
@Wellington Bride: When I worked in an office my hands would get REALLY dry because of the a/c and all the paper. I used this really inexpensive creme from the drugstore called “hoof cream”. I think it’s literally meant for horse hooves but it works AWESOME. My hands were super moisturized and my cuticles stayed soft. My nails grew faster too.
I’ve also used prenatal vitamins or just biotin tablets. They seem to help with not only my nails but my hair and skin as well.
Overall, I just find making sure to have a nail file with me to take care of any snags before they cause breakage, keeping moisturized, and keeping my nails painted (which I feel protects them more) keeps things looking good. My nails have started to grow fast and strong.
Post # 7
I swear by Jurlique Rose hand cream, and L’Occitane Shea Butter hand cream (both equally good).
Post # 8
@Wellington Bride: The only thing that I find that works for my dry hands is to apply Paw Paw ointment or a very good concentrated natural oil (like rosehip or jojoba oil) once every night while I’m in bed on my hands, before I fall asleep. It absorbs during the night, and as our skin does most of its healing at night, this seems to work best for me.
I have tried millions of different types of hand creams during the day and just found they would dry my hands out even more. Trust me, I’ve tried everything! Try this, and if you need to have another application during the day, then that’s fine. I think over application of synthetic hand creams just made it worse for me.
Post # 9
@MexiPino: Thanks for your tips!
@peonyinparis: I’ve never tried Jurlique but I’ve gone through countless tubes of L’Occitane Shea Butter handcream!
@Claire324: Ah, paw paw – I never thought of that! I’ll give it a try – thank you!
Post # 10
- Wedding: September 2014 - FMILs back yard
I’m a beauty product junkie, so here are my reccomendations for hands/nails.
Burt’s Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Creme: it’s super thick, smells good, and it’s a great overnight hand cream; it makes my hands feel baby butt smooth
Badger Cuticle Care: it’s a waxy balm that you use as cuticle cream; it’s oily and perfect for taking care of cuticles, it makes them soft and workable, I use it after my hand cream every night
O.P.I. Nail Envy Nail Strengthener: a pre-nail polish nail strengthener, works to harden nails, fill in ridges, smooth nails, etc., I swear by this stuff– haven’t stopped using it in the last 11 months I love it so much!
Post # 11
@missjayb: Wow, these are great, thanks. I’ve seen the Badger cuticule wax in the pharmacy and nearly purchased it. Just added it to my must buy list tomorrow!
Post # 12
@Wellington Bride: No worries! I’ve just noticed that you are a New Zealander so you should know what I mean by paw paw ointment! Haha, I was expecting no one to know what I was talking about but thought I’d try anyway. If you can get Lucas’s Pawpaw ointment in NZ then that is the brand I use here in Aus. It comes in a red tube or tub.
Once again, one thick application at night is all I apply, and I can’t tell you how much it’s helped my hands! It’s generally too thick and greasy to apply during the day but works wonders if you put it on before you fall asleep and forget about it. I like that it doesn’t have an overpowering scent either like most hand creams/ointments/lotions.
However, I will note that I did try the other brands of ‘paw paw ointment’ out there.. which were mostly castor oil or vegetable oil based and I was wondering why it wasn’t working well. I think because the real stuff is quite natural and suited to your skin, Lucas’s absorbs quite well. Just check the labels 🙂
The other suggestion of Burt’s bees sounds good too! Thick, natural and annoyingly messy, funnily enough, is what I have found works best. I tried L’Occitane too… no good for me either, it differs from person to person.
Post # 13
@Claire324: Yup that’s the one I was thinking of too – Lucas’ in the red tube 🙂 One thing I’ve been using lately is this Dead Sea salt exfoliating scrub- I think my husband was conned into buying it from one of those mall kiosks? Anyway, it’s surprisingly good and quite moisturising too.
Post # 14
Oh, and Revitanail nail strengthener to harden and encourage nail growth. Best stuff I’ve found, it is a clear coat and never leaves a yellow stain. My mum is a convert too. Can be used on its own or as a top coat or base coat. I like to use it as well under red nail polish so that the red cannot stain my nails!
Post # 15
@Wellington Bride: I use CND Almond Hydrating Lotion which keeps my nails growing strong and hands moisturized. I’ll use it at bedtime because sleep is when pores open up and regenerate the most, allowing for maximum hydration. I’ve also used Vitamin E creme and put on little soft gloves overnight to help condition the skin for hours.
Further, I’ll use NutraNail Mineral Collection Power Growth on nails at night. Also helps do the trick.
Last, lots of water throughout the day to stay hydrated.
Post # 16
Coat your hands in a thick layer of lotion. Work it in til it absorbed and then apply more to your hands. You want it to be thick on your hands — You want a lot.
Cotten gloves or socks on your hands overnight. When you wake up, exfoliate your hands (You can make a cheap exfoliant by mixing a touch of olive oil with some regular table sugar or salt) and then wash your hands really well. Moisturize lightly and apply a cuticle oil (Olive oil can also double for this) and bam — silky soft hands.