Hand & Nail Care Essentials

I swear nail and hand care is harder to get a grasp of than facial skin care – if I have a skin thing for my face I find it so much easier to sort. But my hands, nails and cuticles? A constant challenge – I find a cream I like for my hands but it does nothing for my cuticles or I find something for my cuticles but it ruins my nails….essentially my hands are always a problem area for me. So I wanted to cover off a few little gems that have been working well for me for the last month or so.

nail care sos kit

I actually started using some of these back in April as part of a ‘nail-pril’ challenge a few others have been favourites for a long time so worthy of a mention. First up, Dr.Lewinn’s Renunail Nail Strengthener* (available direct from Dr. Lewinn’s website or alternatively via feelunique.com) – this is my much preferred nail treat and in my opinion much better than OPI Nail Envy. I like OPI as a nice base coat for colour but when my nails are being problematic and flakey – this is my go to. It does say to layer it on daily, I tend to apply as a base coat and if not wearing colour I’ll layer, if I am I remove and reapply with each colour change.

Affinity Bay Hand Cream* (via Debenhams) – I always have a hand cream close to hand (no pun intended) and this one has been one of my recent choices mostly because it smells freaking amazing. Oh, and it also moisturises without leaving hands feeling greasy.

Tool wise, I have three go-to for nail care – Cuticle Clippers, Nail File and Cuticle Pusher (All from Boots). A simple but basic combo for keeping nails and cuticles in check.

I have notoriously dry hands and cuticles so I quite often need to take the moisturising routine up a notch and when it comes to that I reach for a cuticle oil and my secret hydration weapon. Cuticle oil wise I’ve been using Viridian Organic Nail and Cuticle Oil* – simple but very effective. I may be imagining it, but I swear my nails have been growing faster since I started using this. For hands my secret weapon is Etat Pur D-Panthenol* for very dry skin. My skin has been excessively dry on my hands since I was a child and I’ve found this to be amazing – a tiny drop really helps boost the moisture levels and lasts. Amazing stuff.

Last but by no means least is my OPI Avoplex Exfoliating Cuticle Treatment (via Debenhams) – another winner for me. It’s creamy not scrubby for exfoliating and it can take care of any dryer bits that aren’t quite sorted out by the oil and hand cream. This is my manicure essential for the cuticles.

Anyone else have nightmare cuticles or dry hands and want to share their secret weapons!? Please do!

*PR samples



  1. May 23, 2013 / 7:11 am

    I’ve never given much thought about hand care because my hands and nails look pretty good without using too much product 🙂 Very interesting to read this though! Great post!

    X Valérie

  2. May 23, 2013 / 11:07 am

    I really want to try the organic nail and cuticle oil! I also need to buy some of those cuticle pushers. I’ve seen some people who cut their cuticle but I just know if I did that it would be so horrible and not a straight edge

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  3. May 27, 2013 / 3:55 pm

    I love OPI!xo
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  4. May 27, 2013 / 3:55 pm

    I love OPI!xo
    My blog: Teeniolect

  5. Bree
    June 4, 2013 / 10:27 am

    I have really dry hands and really bad index finger nails. I bought a Nailtiques nail strenghtener but found it didn’t really work. It made any nail polish on top chip really easily and peel off and ended up making my nails worse 🙁

    Colour Shimmer Sparkle

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