Essie’s Apricot Cuticle Oil. It’s super rich and hydrating, which makes it ideal for right before bed. If I’m wanting something a little lighter but that still does the job, I reach for the Lauren B. Beauty Nail & Cuticle Balm*. This is actually an oil, and the pen has a pointed brush tip so you can really get the product deep into your cuticles.
If you have any sort of problem with your nails, I highly recommend investing in a proper treatment. My nails tend to be a bit weak, and have problems breaking and pealing. To fix that, I use two amazing products from Essie – Millionails and the Protein Base Coat. Both of these work so well at treating my nails and making them stronger than ever. A bonus about these treatments is that they make your nails look really good, so you can get away with wearing them by themselves and it still looks like you’ve had your nails done.
I’m a huge fan of hand creams, and always make sure to have one on hand (haha) wherever I go. I love that there are so many different hand creams to choose from. If I’m just needing something lightweight for everyday use, I grab Soap & Glory’s Hand Food. It smells delicious and quickly gets my hands feeling back to normal. When my cuticles are starting to crack and peel, The Body Shop’s Almond Hand & Nail Cream is my go-to. This cream is packed full of healing almond oils and really does the job of repairing my cuticles. For those days when my hands are especially dry (usually in the winter), I always use the Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Intensive Hand Cream in Sweet Citrus*.
When it comes to tools, the one I absolutely swear by is a crystal nail file. My dad gave me one last year for Christmas, and I honestly don’t know how I was filing my nails until now. These give you such a smooth edge, and are much more gentle on the nail so you’re less likely to have breakage. Next up is a good pair of nail clippers, which are pretty easy to find. I’ve been using a pair from Ms. Manicure since high school, and they still do the job just fine. Lastly, I think getting a small cuticle pusher can really help the health and overall look of your nails (just make sure to use it gently so you don’t cause any damage).
Do you have a hand & nail care routine? Which products do you swear by?