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Help for Ragged Cuticles

I'm always digging in the dirt, brushing out horse hair, stacking bales of hay, and washing endless piles of dishes (we don't have a dishwasher, so my hubby and I split the duties.)

So, if I'm not careful, my hands look really sad and ragged.  Which is a problem whenever I see a client and have to do a skin analysis.  Who wants yucky-looking hands on their face?  I don't want them on my face, and they're my hands.

I'm really good about keeping them scrubbed clean (these little soap scrub cubes are a godsend for keeping hands soft and lovely)But my cuticles tend to be dry and raggedy. 

Lotions are OK for hands, but the cuticles need a more emolliant treatment to keep them them soft and moisturized.  Here are three easy ideas to keep your cuticles looking nice:

1. Do a weekly olive oil soak.  It helps to replenish the natural oils that are stripped from your nails by dish soap, shampoo, and hand sanitizer.  Not only will this make your cuticles soft and lovely, but it will help strengthen your nails and make them less brittle.

Just put a few tablespoons of olive oil into a small bowl (you can use the cheap stuff, it still works great), dip in your fingertips, and let set for 5 to 10 minutes.  Wipe the excess oil off of your nails with a soft cloth and massage in the rest.  Don't wash off!  I like to do this before bed, so the oil really has a long time to penetrate.
2.  Make a DIY cuticle cream.  For day-to-day treatment, I really like this cuticle cream.  It just takes a few minutes to make, lasts a long time, and smells amazing!  Massage a small amount of this into your cuticles whenever you need.  It will instantly make them softer and less ragged-looking.  I like to keep a small container next to the sink, and use a bit after every hand washing.

Coconut Lavender Cuticle Cream
1 tsp. coconut oil
1 tsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. beeswax
3 drops lavender essential oil

Melt the coconut oil, olive oil, and beeswax together.  You can do this in the microwave or in a small pan.  Remove from heat and cool slightly.  Add in the lavender essential oil and pour into a small container with lid.  Let cool completely.  To use, take out a small dab and massage it into the nails and cuticles. 

3. Lip balm to the rescue!  If you're not really into making your own cuticle cream, this is the next best thing.  It's easy, inexpensive, and works wonders -- lip balm!  Buy a unflavored, uncolored, unmedicated variety like basic Chapstick or the original Burt's BeesRub the balm directly onto your cuticles and massage in.

This is a perfect on-the-go treatment to carry in your purse, so you can easily use it while you're out and about.  Just make sure you buy a balm that is solely for your cuticles.  Don't use the same tube on your lips too.  The nails are little germ-magnets, and you definitely don't want to be transferring germs from your hands to your mouth.

Hope these tips work for you!  


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