Cracked cuticles and dry hands can take even the best manicure from chic to eek. Cuticle picking and biting can also lead to bacterial and viral infections and dental problems. One of the best ways to break this habit or keep pesky dry cuticles at bay is to quench skin with an ultra-hydrating moisturizer.
Celebrity nail artist for the likes of Katy Perry, Pink, Rachael Ray and Allison Williams, Pattie Yankee’s go-to hand and cuticle moisturizer is Yu-Be Moisturizing Cream. “I love how hydrating it is,” says Pattie, “not only does it instantly replenish moisture, it is silky and doesn’t feel heavy on the skin.” Yu-Be’s Moisturizing Cream is a concentrated glycerin-based moisturizing cream enriched with vitamin E and B2, sodium hyaluronate and camphor. Yu-Be’s ultra-healing capabilities are largely due to is high glycerin content which helps skin attract and retain moisture.
In order to keep cuticles in check, Pattie also recommends the following:
1. After showering, using your fingers, push cuticles back when they are still wet. This will train them to stay back.
2. Apply a high glycerin based cream, like Yu-Be’s, to hands and cuticles throughout the day, especially after showering and before bed.
3. Never cut cuticles as this will cause the skin to grow back thicker and harder – cuticles also seal in moisture and block germs out of the body. Cuticle cutting is actually illegal in salons in some states, including New York as it is considered a medical procedure.
The Yu-Be Moisturizing Cream is available in 2.5 oz ($25) and 1.25 oz ($16) via www.sephora.com