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Cuticles are a mess,what do you use?

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123Jump Tue 26-May-15 11:47:28

My cuticles are scraggy,raggy, dry and ugly. I used to use oil on them but a beautician told me it thinned nails.
What do you use? All recommendations welcome.

carrie74 Tue 26-May-15 11:49:02

CND Solar oil is lovely, and Flexitol cuticle cream is tremaze.

FeelingSmurfy Tue 26-May-15 11:55:52

Don't ask me how this started as I have no idea, but I use Vicks vapour rub on mine of a night, soaks in quite quickly and it stops them being dry and stops the skin around them getting chapped

Its amazing how many things you can use Vicks for, I use it instead of lip balm and it stops me getting cold sores and keeps my lips from going dry, if I do get a cold sore (usually if I haven't been using it) Vicks helps more than cold sore creams

MadisonMontgomery Tue 26-May-15 12:33:58

Watching with interest - flexitol and CND makes no real impact on mine! Might try Vicks smile

123Jump Tue 26-May-15 16:01:53

I have a small child that still wakes at night, would the Vicks be a bad idea on hands,do you think?

VenusRising Tue 26-May-15 16:07:25

Jump123 use the oil. I don't think that beautician knew her arse from her elbow tbh.
Oil and wax are perfect for cuticles, and they don't thin the nails..... How could they?!

If you're worried about getting mentholated Vicks into your baby's eye or something, maybe coconut oil, or just regular Vaseline would be best, but I swear by burtbees cuticle cream, it has bees wax in it and stays put overnight.

123Jump Tue 26-May-15 18:52:25

Thanks for all the responses.
Madison and Carrie you have cancelled each other out!grin
I'll give the Burtsbees a go,thanks Venus.

HandMini Tue 26-May-15 19:02:23

I use a Sally Hansen nail oil pen (but it's just a neat way of applying oil, same theory as all of the above.).

MadisonMontgomery Tue 26-May-15 19:39:32

I know, sorry blush my cuticles are horrific tho, they might work on yours!

PoppyAmex Tue 26-May-15 22:21:39

Burt's Bees is lovely and smells clean and fresh.

BeCool Tue 26-May-15 22:28:33

My cuticles have been a mess all
My adult life. I'm 47. I've recently got them in check by using a roll on cuticle oil. But I need to use it every night.

I also use a hand and nail cream every night. If I skip a few nights, as I tend to do, it all goes dreadful again. So I think the key is dedicated persistence.

BeCool Tue 26-May-15 22:30:46

My nails have also been MUCH stronger since I've been using the oil. I suspect you've been given bad advice.

Putting cream on very thick at night and sleeping in white gloves is an intensive treatment that works.

BeCool Tue 26-May-15 22:31:54

COTTON gloves. Colour irrelevant!

what was I thinking

LadyB49 Tue 26-May-15 22:45:46

Opi cuticle oil is brilliant. Use it several times daily. The look improves immediately.

Vaseline doesn't do anything for me. I think it makes a protective barrier but doesn't actually help the appearance much...IMHO

LadyB49 Tue 26-May-15 22:46:30

Also I bought cuticle snippets which are great for a tidy up.

Kaspar19 Tue 26-May-15 22:54:21

Cnd solar oil is fantastic! Only stuff that has healed my cuticles and made my nails strong

TheHappinessTrap Tue 26-May-15 23:09:25

Develop the habit of pushing your cuticles back when your hanging around. I do it on the bus, in boring large meetings where I won't be noticed, when I'm in the phone. It never develops intro a problem ore requires special intervention.

FeelingSmurfy Tue 26-May-15 23:30:19

TheHappinessTrap - I push mine back but they still go really dry and look awful, plus the skin around there goes chapped - all stopped since using the Vicks

Thisishowyoudisappear Wed 27-May-15 07:29:42

How could oil thin your nails? What kind were you using ???

The Sally Hansen nail oil pen is fab for carrying around in your handbag. I use it when I'm on the bus or just hanging around. Flexitol Cuticle and Nail Cream is a good product.

TheHappinessTrap Wed 27-May-15 08:01:20

I haven't tried vicks but I am a hand cream addict!

chanie44 Wed 27-May-15 08:13:31

Superdrug do a cuticle oil pen for £3. It also has a tool to push your cuticles back. I think you can refill it.

I keep one on my bag and do my nails on my commute.

BeCool Wed 27-May-15 08:33:07

I'm going to buy some Vicks today and give it a go.

marriednotdead Wed 27-May-15 22:11:56

Watching with interest.
If I try to push mine back or tidy them in any way, the skin below my nail bed peels back and gets very sore. I apply hand cream every night and wear rubber gloves for cleaning/washing up but still they object to any form of control! My nailbeds are short and stubby and I'd love them to look nice. I hate them sad

OllyBJolly Wed 27-May-15 22:26:08

Coconut oil is good and works quickly but I do find it a bit messy.

poppym12 Thu 28-May-15 09:51:56

almond oil or coconut oil. i find almond oil less messy and it seems to absorb better.

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