This is coming from a girl with VERY dry skin, so my main key is to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!
Not only with my hands I have to really keep up with this on my face year round.
On a daily basis I work at keeping my hands moisturized, using the below products. Not all of them daily sometimes it depends on which is closest! I will go into more detail per item.
Moisturizers & Oils
CND-Solar oil Amazing! Smells so yummy! I use this every night and after I polish my nails (when I remember!) I rub it into my cuticles for 20 seconds each nails.
Lush Lemony Flutter- love love love.
Burt's Bee's Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream
This stuff really, really helps! I wish it came with a difference scent (I dislike fake lemon scents!) but hey, it gets the job done!
Julep Roller Ball Cuticle Oil
Smells amazing (think Fruity Pebbles!) and best of all it is a freaking roller ball! So simple & easy to use!
Pretty Pricey though!
Virgin Coconut Oil
What isn't this good for? I bought this for my skin (face) and hair before I even blogged, but thought this must be great for cuticles too! It helps my hands and cuticles a lot! Makes them very smooth feeling. the smell was gross to me at first but I have grown to really love it. It is solid but if you just rub your fingertips in the tub for a few seconds it begins to melt. It is amazing for tons of things and you can also cook with it. I've had it for almost a year and barely have used any...and I use it often.
When I use any cuticle oil I apply it then rub it into each cuticle for 15-20 seconds each.
Then I apply lotion to my hands after a while and do the same.
Lotion wise I use ALL kinds cocoa butter ones work well and fast on my hands, no matter how cheap even I have a $0.99 one I got from Sally's that works wonderfully. I apply lotion to my hands at least 3-4 times a day. I wash my hands a lot, cooking, diaper changing etc. Right after I wash my hands and dry them I try to apply lotion asap to lock in the moisture. I'm a big Eucerin fan too!
Nail Care Tools
I have since started using normal board type nail files from Sally's.
I use a 240/280 grit for taking off length. 320 for shaping, and a 400/600 for sealing the tips.
Though I still use normal nail files occasionally I mostly use my Mont Bleu Crystal nail file now! (See the review here.)
Essie Disappearing Trick Cuticle Remover
This for me, is the BEST cuticle remover I have tried so far. Works great & I highly recommend it.
I apply it, leave it for 15-20 seconds push my cuticles back on all my fingers then use a cuticle trimmer to trim away the excess on each of them.
I also use the Blue Cross one from Sally's-Great and affordable!
I do this on a weekly Basis. I can look into making a video of how I do it if anybody has further questions!
I switch between Essie Disappearing Trick and Blue Cross Cuticle remover.
I've tried many nail strengtheners but for the most part most did nothing for me.
My current favorite is Nailtek II, it has made the biggest difference out of all the ones I've tried!
others I tried with little or no improvement are:
Opi Nail Envy
Nailtiques Formula 2
Qtica Nail Growth Stimulator
My holy grail topcoat is Seche Vite Dry Fast TC
Other current favorite topcoats are Cult Nails Wicked Fast and KBShimmer Clearly On Top.
I will try to continue to update and work on this, but please if you have ANY questions do not hesitate to ask me!