Saturday, November 16, 2013

Winter is coming

This is a public service announcement. Depending on your area of domicile, you may experience extreme bouts of blustery cold whether. In such cases, exercise extreme caution. Your nails and cuticles are in dire straits without proper protection. Make every effort to moisturize your nails and cuticles 2-3 times a day, everyday, and wear gloves when bearing the elements.


What am I using at the moment?
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I caved and bought CND's Solar Oil about a year ago. I always hesitated to make the purchase because of the price. I have SO many moisturizers; do I really *need* one for $16/oz? No, but I finally bit the bullet for curiosities sake. It's nice and light. Many oils tend to be heavy and greasy, but this one absorbs very quickly. Also, I really enjoy the sent and you will too if you like the smell of almonds.


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I picked up Nail Tek's Renew oil a couple of years ago and yes I bought a HUGE bottle (4oz). Guess how much I've used? I barely put a dent in it. I like it. It's a good reliable nail and cuticle oil. It is heavier (more greasy) than CND's Solar oil and needs a lot more time to absorb.

**Note to self... stop being so eager, 4oz is a bit much. I might need to start moisturizing more than my cuticles.


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Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula is still in heavy rotation. I talked about it before in this post and this video.

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Cutemol is in even heavier rotation. This has got to be one of my favorite products for winter time. A little will go a long way. Like I've mentioned before in this post, it has a funny smell but does a fantastic job as a moisturizer and skin and cuticle protector. Rough and ragged skin is transformed pretty quickly too. I am always amazed what 2-3 days of consistent use does for my cuticles.

I mentioned this before, but I want to do a thorough break down and review of Cutemol. I will try to work on this post for the future.

Aquaphor too, like Cutemol, is a life saver. Since this ointment is on the heavy side, I use smaller amounts and it behaves nicely.

Clearly I think moisturizing is important. Click here for more relevant posts on the topic.


So, remember.... Winter is coming
Moisturize... I'm watching you.

P.S. I am excited for Game of Thrones to start back up in a few long months!


16 comments:

  1. :D love the GoT quote/gif (I can't wait to see the new season and hope the saga will actually come to an end, apparently still two books to go). I just started using Solar Oil (instead of my DIY oil) and I agree 100% with you about its "lightness" and scent <3. I will check also the other ones you mentioned (if available here in EU), thanks for sharing!

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  2. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize...You know how I feel about this subject. I need to pull out my Palmers.

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  3. Yes, preach it girl! I always take extra care to moisturize and always wear gloves outside during the cold months, even if it's just for a few minutes!

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  4. :goesandappliesoilimmediately: :D I've let myself go with my oil and hand cream during the summer, but I definitely need to get back into it for the winter

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  5. I love love love Solar Oil! It smells so good. I also like to use Lush Lemony Flutter before I go to bed and I keep a tin of the Burt's Bees Lemon Cuticle Butter in my purse :D

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  6. Love learning which products you use. In the UK I found Flexitol Cuticle & Nail Cream. Particularly good for split fingers. The same company that does cracked heel treatment cream. lol - your vid!

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    1. I LOVE flexitol too! I always stock up when Boots has a 3for2 deal on, it literally saves my cuticles on a daily basis :)

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    2. I LOVE flexitol too! I always stock up when Boots has a 3for2 deal on, it literally saves my cuticles on a daily basis :)

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  7. I am in love with the combo of cutemol and my own version of Lush's lemony flutter. Its taking a bit more but its keeping me from looking like rats chewed on my cuticles while I slept. -L

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  8. I am totally rocking the 8oz Cutemol thanks to you. I have two bottles of DermaNail for living room and bedroom. Why don't you check out Nail Care HQ's Bliss Kiss cuticle oil? It's really awesome. Jojoba, olive, grapeseed, Vit E, Tea tree and fragrance. http://www.nailcarehq.com/products/ I swear by it. I have 4oz of that too. I hope this regimen works for me!

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  9. Hey Loodie I need moisturizing advice! I have a triangle nail bed shape which maybe causes/worsens issue for me, since the edges of my nails grow diagonally, this but the corners of my skin right where the free edge grows out are tough and callusy, even though I'm good about moisturizing. Any advice on how to get rid of those rough parts?

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  10. I'm a bit late but I really wanted to tell that I'm super, super happy that you're back! I really missed you during the past months. *_*

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  11. Found a 2.3 ounce bottle of Solar oil on EvilBay for $16.95 with free shipping. It's a thought.

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  12. Hey, lady! Good to see you back. I've really gotten a lot out of your posts, especially your favorite subject. Made my own cuticle oil with jojoba as the base. I've been using it religiously along with other moisturizing products and I have seen a marked improvement in my nails. Ridges are diminishing, less peeling, less splitting. Very happy. I've shared my oil with a couple of people and one, at least, is reporting back her results and they are good as well. Thanks so much for all your research.

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  13. Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream is the best for cuticles. It also helps your nails grow faster. I found this out by accident and just wanted to share it. It has the same consistency as aquaphor but has some healing ingredient that does wonders for nail matrix.

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