Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Cuticle Maintenance

Please note I am not a professional and what I do is probably not the correct method for looking after your cuticles.

I received a request to do a cuticle maintenance post, I don't necessarily have a routine when it comes to cuticle maintenance but there are I few things I try to do regularly.

Trim Hang Nails

If I start to get a hang nail or dry skin around my cuticles I like to get rid of it using this tool as soon as possible. If I leave it for too long I tend to pick at it and make it worse. I'm not sure the correct name for this tool but I like to use this one because it makes a clean cut and can get in really close to the nail. I got this from Priceline in a manicure tools kit.
Use Cuticle Remover

If I have a lot of dry skin on my cuticles I'll use a cuticle remover to get rid of it. At the moment I'm using Sally Hansen Problem Cuticle Remover. I got this from Priceline.
Apply Cuticle Cream

This is something I do multiple times each day. It helps to keep creams in different places around the house. I've got some on my desk at work, in my hand bag, next to my bed and at my nail station. If I'm at work I'll apply it every 1 to 2 hours. If I'm at home I don't tend to apply it as often. Maybe only once or twice per day. 
I don't just slap it on quickly I spend some time rubbing it into my cuticles, it helps to improve circulation and stimulate nail growth. I use a variety of creams and not necessarily ones intended to be hand creams. 

These are the products I'm using at the moment:
Vaseline Treatment Hand Cream
Redwin Sorbolene Moisturiser with Vitamin E
Palmers Cocoa Butter with Vitamin E
L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream

Image Source: Vaseline

Image Source: Priceline

Image Source: Priceline

Image Source: L'Occitane

When I swatch nail polish I'm constantly using acetone on my nails so I apply a light amount of cream before I take the photo to cover up any dryness.

Again, I am not a professional and what I do is probably not the correct method for looking after your cuticles. Feel free to tell me that I'm doing it all wrong but I'll probably keep using this method because it works for me.


  1. YAY L'Occitane!
    You should try the nail and cuticle cream from there, its so good and it lasts ages!!

    1. The cream I'm using is one you gave me years ago! I hadn't used it much until lately but it does last forever.

  2. Where would we be without Priceline? I'm a picker too maybe I need to invest in one of those tools!

    1. I get all my beauty stuff from Priceline :) mainly because they keep sending me those rewards checks. I think the kit was the Priceline brand. It's saved my cuticles so many times!

  3. Thanks for this! I think the fact that you have gorgeous cuticles qualifies you to make this post :) I love that cuticle tool, and I have the Sally Hansen cuticle remover sitting in my bathroom, I should probably start using it!

  4. Ooh I use that same tool in the first picture to take off excess skin around the nails too :)
    I don't know if you do these tags, but thought I would let you know I tagged you here: http://www.drinkcitra.com/2012/02/two-in-one.html :D

    1. Thanks for the tag. I do them if I haven't received the tag before and I haven't got this one before :) I'm a little behind on posting my tags but I will get to this one eventually!

  5. I definitely need to add some of those to my shopping list!
    Oh! I nominated you for an award!!!


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