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Sore Cuticles...

Lately I have been getting sore, red and broken cuticles and nail beds all the time. I use hand cream every day, but it doesn't seem to be helping my cuticles to stop being so dry and cracking. Do any of you know any good natural remidies that might help this?

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kestrelct
Feb. 19th, 2006 03:21 am (UTC)
I suggest something with shea butter. I've made lip balm with it, sweet almond oil, and beeswax, and people tell me it's the only thing that stopped their lips being chapped. It smells pretty good, too, nutty but not overly strong. It has a funny texture, but it melts at body temperature and you won't notice once it's rubbed into your skin.

Whatever you wind up using, I hear that a good technique is to slather it on at bedtime and put on cotton gloves, to give it time to really soak in.

beyondindigo
Feb. 19th, 2006 03:22 am (UTC)
Olive oil!
Once upon a time my dr had to burn each-and-every-one of my finger tips with liquid nitrogen because I had some kind of viral warts on every one of my finger tips. So, this left my finger tips very very dry and cracked for years. I have been using extra virgin olive oil on my hands every night and every morning for the past few months and they are no longer dry and painful. I usually later a bunch on, leave it for a bit, then rub the extra on my arms and face. My skin absorbs it pretty fast and it is not overly oily.

I'd assume that you can buy some of those moisture gloves and put a bunch of EVOO on and throw the gloves on overnight. That may help re-hydrate your skin. Alot of lotions have alcahol in them, or other skin drying chemicals. So, most lotions are going to do more damage than good.
hellebelle
Feb. 19th, 2006 03:25 am (UTC)
Re: Olive oil!
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i favour of vitamin E oil myself.
beyondindigo
Feb. 19th, 2006 04:09 am (UTC)
Re: Olive oil!
Vitamin E is also good.
butternutsquash
Feb. 19th, 2006 03:30 am (UTC)
Burt's Bees makes a lemon butter cuticle cream that i really like.

Ingredients: Sweet almond oil, beeswax, lemon oil, vitamin E, cocoa butter, candelilla wax, rosemary extract, beta-carotene.
daisybones
Feb. 19th, 2006 03:35 am (UTC)
That stuff is heaven! But I'm out, so lately I like the Vit.E.
a_dissertation
Feb. 19th, 2006 05:34 am (UTC)
vitamin e oil and wearing gloves at night works really well.
ionracas
Feb. 19th, 2006 11:47 am (UTC)
I know this is always a really boring answer, but drink lots of water and humidify the air in your home.
lost_almost
Feb. 19th, 2006 01:49 pm (UTC)
I know you asked for natural, but, when mine get very painful, I use liquid band-aid. It helps them from getting worse.
arcticsong
Feb. 19th, 2006 02:48 pm (UTC)
Off topic, I'm sorry.

I love your icon. Is it something you made or did you find it somewhere?
lost_almost
Feb. 20th, 2006 02:16 am (UTC)
I snagged if from somebody who didn't know where it came from. Please feel free to use it :)
arcticsong
Feb. 20th, 2006 01:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
wefoughtharder
Feb. 19th, 2006 05:43 pm (UTC)
what hand lotion are you currently using? if it has mineral oil or petrol products in it, its doing more harm than good. post the ingredients if you can.
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