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I found an old jar of face cream in my drawer that I had forgotten about that is a few years old. Instead of throwing it away, I started using it on my cuticles. I rub it in well and then push back the cuticle. I find I now have fewer hangnails, etc. Plus it also softens my hand. I usually do it while sitting at the computer.
By sharons61755 from Mackinaw, IL
I'm a pretty avid crafter and always seem to have my hands in things that are not good for them. Lately I've been applying chapstick to my cuticles a couple times a week before going to sleep, and it's worked miracles on the condition of my hands. No more hangnails or cracked cuticles. If only the stuff worked as well on chapped lips.
By Lisa from Tampa, Fl
If you have super dry cuticles but you don't have any cuticle cream, lip balm works very well.
By Robin from Washington, IA
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I have dry, hard cuticles in the summer and in Florida, no less! I've done the topical application of oils, Chapstick, gloves and socks at night and it works temporarily. But I'm thinking what's the cause? Attack it at the cause for a permanent solution. Has anyone out there found more than just a band-aid remedy? I'd really appreciate your input. Thanks!
By MT from Tampa, FL
By Lelia Jo Cordell 06/30/2010
I know there are good tips here. However, you might consider whether simple dehydration is contributing to or causing your problem.
Our bodies are 75% or so water. That means we need a lot of water intake to maintain good hydration. You might try keeping a short-term "water journal." Jot down how much water you drink on any given day, or keep track for a week, whatever works for you. If you're drinking less than, say, a quart of water a day, you probably need more. That's only a guess, everyone is different. One surefire signal of dehydration is a headache. Try drinking a glass of water. If it helps, dehydration was what gave you the headache.
Try keeping a glass of water (preferably filtered,) or a reusable bottle full of water on hand all the time. Yes, it'll mean you'll make more trips to the bathroom - but you'll probably start noticing less dryness in your cuticles.
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I have very dry hard cuticles. I have spent so much money on lotions etc. to make them soft, no luck. Even saw the Dr. Has anyone got any suggestions? I will appreciate any help. Thanks
Donna from Victoria B.C.
What I do is I rub Vaseline all over my hands, then wear a pair of gloves at night when I go to bed. This way the Vaseline won't stain my blankets and sheets.
You might want to rub Vaseline on your cuticles and this might rid you of the dry hard cuticles. But be sure to wear a pair of gloves.
Marge from NY (10/01/2007)
Donna Victoria .B.C. (10/01/2007)
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By Susan from ThriftyFun
Burt's Bees Lemon Cuticle cream. it's a little expensive, but it last forever and a little goes a long way.
Corona Hoof cream, sold at horse places. It's full of lanolin and great not only on your hands, but feet (10/01/2007)
Apparently woolfat is very close to the sebum produced by human skin. As suggested in previous posts - when wearing at night put some cotton gloves on. When doing household chores also put some on with cotton gloves and rubber ones if required. This really should work.
Ps. I have been using woolfat for 20 years as an ingredient in moisturisers and creams. (10/02/2007)
Donna from Victoria B.C. (10/03/2007)
By Carolynn C.A
Instant manicure! In between manicures, my cuticles tend to be very dry at home. It's isn't a problem to apply cuticle oil, but invariably, when I'm on the way to an appointment in the car, I look at my hands and wish I had treated my cuticles before leaving home.
To solve this problem I take 3 or 4 Q-tips and break off one cotton end off, leaving a long stem and a cotton end. I saturate them with olive oil and store them in a small medicine bottle in my purse.
Take one out and rub along the cuticle line. Add some lotion to your hands and rub in, it's so simple. You can use each Q-tip at least 2 times each. It really makes your cuticles look good!
By Deborah from Vero Beach, FL