WHO: Sara Kosmyna (Writer/Marketing Assistant) You can tell a lot about a person just by looking at his or her hands. As a writer, I spend most of my days plugging away at the keys and making handwritten lists. I’ve always prided myself in having well-manicured nails, but as a cosmetologist I know that cuticle cutting can potentially cause dry, cracked or damaged skin- thereby creating an entryway for fungi and bacteria. (Gross!) Rather than take a chance, I keep my cuticles maintained with the right exfoliating moisturizer.
Hallelujah, for hand care!Cuticle Cream helps to heal unattractive torn cuticles by harnessing the power of Salicylic Acid for gentle exfoliation. Since this cream is super emollient, you don’t need to use much. I take a very small amount and apply it around the base of my nails. Then I let it work its magic overnight or during the day. To keep your hands—and sheets—protected in the evening, I recommend wearing a pair of beauty gloves to sleep. My tips for fresh-looking cuticles and strong nails:
- Avoid using your nails as tools.
- Don’t pick at the skin around your fingertips.
- File your nails (in one direction) to a manageable length.
- Use a base- and top-coat with colored nail polish.
- Coax the cuticles back with a soft wooden cuticle pusher.