By Sheila Arkee
As we are nearing the end of 2013, I have to make mention of my biggest beauty accomplishment: this is the year I finally got my act together with my hands and nails! After a life of peeling nails, horrible hangnails, and never being able to pull off a decent nail polish swatch, I got serious. To make this chance, I invested in three products under $10 each that have transformed my nails unlike ever before.
The biggest change has come from Nailtiques Formula 2 Plus.
Nailtiques Formula 2 Plus is a treatment that contains hydrolized keratin, protein. gelatin, and calcium and dries on your nails like a base coat. It’s designed to bond the layers of your nails together, which is what helped my peeling nails so much. Initally you apply a layer every day, and then as your nails improve you apply a layer every other day. When you’re ready to wear polish again, this is a fantastic base coat that keeps your nails in check.
To keep my naturally raggedy cuticles in check, I rely on Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream.
Besides smelling incredible, Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream keeps the skin around my nails moisturized, which is key to maintaining a supple, hangnail-free cuticle.
I slather this stuff on morning, night, and after every time I wash my hands. The results are worth my devotion to these efforts, and I am well-pleased. The ingredients that make this happen are Sweet Almond Oil, Lemon Oil, Beesway, Cocoa Butter, and Vitamin E (this is not a gluten-free product).
Finally, I picked up a pair of cotton gloves to wear at night after saturating my hands with Aquaphor. Besides making my hands feel silky, these gloves keep me feeling warm and toasty at night, so no complaints about that!
No more peeling. No more hangnails. And it feels amazing. I’m still working pulling off a decent nail polish swatch, but there is hope!