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Cuticle Complaints and Cures for the Easily Annoyed

13 April 2008

sephoracuticle.jpgSome days, cuticles seem to be the very bane of my existence! Blargh. Is that dramatic enough for you? But I bet some of you get it, they can be so annoying when they get dry and damaged (and that can happen so unfairly easily). You can try the ‘I
can’t do dishes, my cuticles are in peril’ routine, but it’s never worked for me. Alexis has recently talked about a pet spa, and I think you should go to a spa yourself. Or at least give yourself some home spa treatments!
So – what the frick are cuticles? They’re essentially dead skin, which is – let’s face it, kinda gross. Then again, hair is technically dead and I happen to love my hair. So, what’s the deal? Well, we need pesky cuticles to protect our nailbeds from infections. So, treatment is your only option. You can accept it as a mission, or deal with hangnails for the rest of your life. The choice is yours.

caudaliehandandnail.jpgMy favorite cuticle care product is so inexpensive for what it does that there’s no excuse to not get it. It’s the Sephora Cuticle Care Pen ($12.00). It’s easily portable so you can condition your cuticles while you’re at work, in a taxi, etc. It has a zero mess factor.

A great lotion that you can work into your cuticles is the Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream from Sephora ($19.00). Why am I a fan? Instant absorption, baby. I don’t like lotions that never seem to sink into my hands. They’re a waste.

If you prefer overnight treatments, go for Kiehl’scuticlecare.jpg Imperiale Moisturizing Cuticle Treatment ($19.50) from Barney’s. I hear this can be a little messy, but that’s where some moisturizing gloves come into play.

I have to admit that when I was younger I thought any gloves would work so I used a pair of those filmy plastic ones you use in a deli – and when I woke up, to my great horror, my hands were pruney – they’d been deprived of air and moisture all night. I never made that mistake again, believe me.

Your hand-modeling career can start now, hooray! But seriously – you will feel an odd sense of bliss when your cuticles are smooth and taken care of. Age doesn’t matter – nice cuticles are what women over 20 want, and what women over 40 want (we care about women over 20 style as much as we care about women over 40 style at

Now those are New York Bargains,

Jessica Rae

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