Archive for the ‘Dry Hands & Cuticle’ Category

Three indispensable beauty tricks for winter

       
Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Three indispensable beauty tricks for winterFrom penetrating blasts of cold air to frigid nights that rob your complexion of all its moisture, the winter season can be brutal on skin. While you likely know to bundle up with warm sweaters and coats when you leave the house, you may not be so sure how to lend some protection to your complexion. Consider these three great beauty tricks to arm you skin for the coldest days of the year!

1. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Did we happen to mention, moisturize? During the winter, your skin can get so dry and flaky, it can feel like parchment beneath your fingertips. With a product like BORGHESE – Crema Ristorativo – 24 Continuous Hydration Moisturizer, you can hydrate your complexion and restore its natural radiance.

2. Be shower-savvy. On nights when the wind is whipping around your apartment, all you probably want to do is take a long, hot bath or shower. This is a major beauty faux pas and can break down the defenses that keep your skin cells intact. Instead, take brief showers and baths and be sure to moisturize as soon as you get out of the water.

3. Exfoliate – but be gentle. Whether you have normal or oily skin, a mild exfoliant like G.M. COLLIN – Oxygen PURACTIVE Mask can detoxify skin and slough away harmful pollutants that continue to accumulate on the surface, while also hydrating your complexion, making it one of the best-kept winter beauty secrets around. 

Prepare for the holidays – with hand soap

       
Friday, November 9th, 2012

Prepare for the holidays - with hand soapThe holidays are a great time for reconnecting with family members, especially those that live far away. While some may be planning to camp out in a luxurious hotel or resort for the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons, others may be headed straight for your guest room.

You may be rushing to fluff up the pillows in your guest room and dust off your finest china for the holidays, but if you really want to make a lasting impression on your guests and make them feel cozy in the process, there's only one great way to do it – by stocking up on hand soap.

Depending on how many bathrooms you have in your home, you can explore a variety of fantastic soaps that are sure to captivate your guests.

Looking for a subtle yet intoxicating scent that will linger on your hands for the rest of the day? With Caswell-Massey – English Lavender Liquid Soap and Hand Lotion Caddy you can capture the freshness of blooming lavender fields and provide vital, antibacterial protection to your hands.

Known for its amazing shea butter lotion, L'Occitane also offers an amazing array of moisturizing soaps that are perfect for everyday use. L'Occitane – Fleur Cherie Flowers Soap (Set of 2) is fragrant with sweet and soft floral notes that can leave hands replenished and clean. 

Promoting your nail health (and leaving them be)

       
Saturday, March 12th, 2011

Promoting your nail health (and leaving them be)If you’re like a lot of us, the day-to-day stresses of everyday life may inspire all kinds of unruly nail-biting habits and cuticle abuse. And, on top of everything else, we’re just starting to see the light at the end of the long winter tunnel, a season which isn’t particularly known for being friendly to our hands.

Perhaps it’s time to make a resolution, don’t you think? With a few simple steps and expert tips, we can all start treating our manos a bit better. After all, who doesn’t want to be able to show off gorgeous, manicured hands on a regular basis?

1. Every good manicure starts with a soothing soak – attending to your skin is an important first step to getting those hands into shape.

While every inch of your skin generally requires extra TLC in the winter, nothing gets a harder beating than your hands. If you’ve been suffering from dry, cracked knuckles, it’s crucial that you begin applying lotion to them at least once a day. Carrying ultra-rich hand creams in your purse is also a good idea if you find yourself needing access to the stuff at all hours of the day.

Look for lotions that are specially designed to treat the sensitive skin on your hands. L’Occitane Mini Honey and Lemon Hand Cream will make taking care of yourself all the more intoxicating with its fresh, delicious scent and ultra-effective shea butter.

Cuticles also need special attention in the winter, and tending to them well can help prevent the temptation to chew them up.

“I’ve had a number of nail gurus tell me that oil is better than lotion,” Genevieve Monsma, beauty director of MORE magazine, told CNN.

Monsma recommends applying nail oil to the cuticles before bed or before putting on your gloves in the morning in order to give enough time for the product to sink in (olive oil works just as well, too).

2. For those with some rugged-looking cuticles, keeping your nail beds in shape can make the difference between promoting your bad habit and having flawless, healthy nails.

Toronto nail salon owner Leeanne Colley told The Globe and Mail that avoiding “wet” and “soak” manicures may be a better solution for the cuticle-afflicted. Colley recommends applying a gel cuticle remover on dry nails and letting it sit for about 30 seconds or so. Then, gently push back the skin with an orange stick wrapped in cotton.

For healing purposes, a bit of special cuticle salve may help you with any existing damage on your hands. Colley recommends looking for products that contain grapeseed or almond oil.

3. If you’ve been tearing up your cuticles, chances are you never let your nails get too long either. Some people like having short, manageable fingertips, but if you’re longing for a little extra length, there are ways you can promote your nail growth.

A high-protein diet can be an unexpected route toward faster growth, according to OneIndia Living. Fish and lean meats can provide the most noticeable results, and vegetarians can benefit from some Vitamin D supplements or protein-rich legumes.

The news source also recommends massaging nails with olive, coconut or sesame oil. This is especially good therapy for anyone that does a lot of dish-washing throughout the day.

If you haven’t been wearing gloves this winter, you should probably get on that right away. Nails can crack without the proper circulation and warmth, which doesn’t do much for your manicure. One way to help prevent this is by wearing some thin polish at all times, according to the news source.

Of course, a little outside help never hurt anyone. Use a special nail treatment such as Talika Nail Regenerator Serum for extra nourishment and healing power.