I’m stuck in the middle of a battle-with my cuticles. Ever since I started getting manicures on a somewhat regular basis, that pesky nail-surrounding skin has been growing like kudzu, subsequently drying out and cracking. Not cute. I guess this problem isn’t mine alone, as I’ve caught wind of an ongoing debate among manicurists: some rely on regular trimmings to keep cuticles at bay, while others simply moisturize and push them back, claiming that cutting encourages overgrowth.
Personally, neither method has offered much relief, and I find myself mindlessly nibbling on them (especially as deadlines draw closer). Determined not to become one of those people-you know who you are-I recently tried out Essie Ejuvenate Intensive Recovery Hand Cream. After all, Essie is probably my number-one nail product brand, ever churning out the trendiest hues of the day; and its recently debuted Ejuvenate collection promises younger-looking hands.
My first impression of the cream was its subtle fragrance-slightly powdery with a hint of almond-lovely all around. The product itself has a thick, buttery consistency that supports a truly lush hand massage (even better if you find someone else to do it for you). It takes a while to absorb into the skin, so I tried applying it before bed to allow the cream’s rice extract (known to promote cellular longevity) and glycolic acid ample time to work their magic.
I woke up with decidedly softer, smoother hands and, amazingly, barely-there cuticles that seemed ready to wave the proverbial white flag.
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