Cuticle Essentials

There’s a certain irony in whilst I write this post, my cuticles are a total mess. I’ve had a long term (I’m talking over a decade) habit of picking at my curicles when they become dry. Which creates a vicious circle – I pick, they become sore, they start to heal, the skin feels hard and therefore I pick again…and so it continues…. but over the past few months I have really been making an effort to take care of them. The only flaw being that the recent arrival of the puppy has meant I’m now washing my hands a gazzilion times a day – which is majorly drying them out. My cuticles being the first to show it. So whilst now is not the time for a close up shot of my cuticles – and yes, I greatly wish I could break the nasty habit. There are a few products that I consider to be cuticle essentials that have sitting in my little desk manicure station to try and keep them maintained better.

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Firstly I should say that the cuticle trimming tool is not for everyone – and many would probably much rather leave this to the professionals rather than get snip-happy themselves. I would of course always recommend erring on the side of caution with anything like this – but for me, it’s something I find very handy if there is a dry bit or something I can feel that might spark my ‘picking’ nervous twitch…then I will use these to try and just take off the dry bits that otherwise I would pick at and make my fingers a total mess. But of course you do have to be cautious – too much snipping and you can do more damage than good. So cuticle-carefully!

Then in terms of care, a good nail oil is vital. My current one of choice is from Dr Lewinn’s Renunail Cuticle Oil – it simply does a great job. I have this sitting on my desk, but it tends to be one I apply last thing at night as oils are a bit on the messy side if you’re typing with it on…greasy keyboard! Which leads me on to my latest discovery and that’s the Cuticle Rehab from Sally Hansen – all the benefits of an oil, but without the mess. This little tube dispenses a sort of balm that when you apply melts down but doesn’t turn into messy oil so you can apply and basically have instant softer cuticles. This thing has since opening been pretty much constantly by my side.

Also on the Sally Hansen front is my favourite cuticle softener/remover product, the Instant Cuticle Remover Gel – it’s fast and not messy. So a simple but effective cuticle essential.

As a bit of a cuticle fiend I have a whole host of products I’ve tried tested and some loved, some not so much. These are my current regular roster (along with a healthy dose of hand cream to keep hands as soft as possible.

What cuticle essentials do you go for on a regular basis? Any to recommend let me know… I’m a total sucker for something that promises cuticle goodness…as un-glam as that is.



  1. Vicki
    April 24, 2014 / 9:55 pm

    I really need to take better care of my cuticles. I always have the best intensions & never follow through. I need to pick up some remover get & get to work on them

    • Jen
      April 25, 2014 / 9:01 am

      I try my best, but even with more products than I can shake a stick at I still struggle!

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