Growing up I was a chronic nail biter – it got so bad that I began picking away at my cuticles once the nails were too low to chew on. I know – gross and not very hygienic. In college, to rectify the problem I started making it a priority to polish my nails as often as possible. I obviously didn’t like the taste of nail polish so it helped with the biting, but not my cuticles. They became so dry and I just couldn’t break the habit of picking at them. So there I was with brightly colored nails and scabby red cuticles.
A few years ago I discovered the Deborah Lippmann cuticle cream, “The Cure,” and it has made a tremendous difference. I had no idea something like this existed and instead tried a number of regular hand lotions and creams, which never worked.
“The Cure” is made with ingredients like a patented Raspberry Stem Cell Extract, Red Algae, Shea Butter and Vitamins A, C and E to help repair and protect cuticles. When I wash my hands, I’ll apply a hand lotion and then massage on a small amount of this cream directly onto my cuticles. The effects not only last throughout the day, but I’ve seen a huge improvement over years of usage.
Another small tip is to never let your nail technician cut your cuticles. It literally does nothing for the nail and can actually be harmful. Your cuticles are there to protect your nails from infection, so removing them leaves your nail susceptible to bacteria and fungus. Instead, just ask them to push back, so you can increase the length of your nail bed.