Vacation Cuticles: Sand and Surf Do a Job on Them

Nasty snags and torn cuticles, courtesy of a week at the Jersey Shore.

Nasty snags and torn cuticles, courtesy of a week at the Jersey Shore.

After our week at the Jersey Shore my toenail polish faded from shocking pink to merely shocking, but even worse? My cuticles were raggedy, torn and overgrown. My fingertips, okay both hands, were in and out of soapy dishwater all week, and exposed to the ocean salt and beach sand for many hours at a time. Yup. I love the beach, but the beach doesn’t love this 50+ body like it used to. You’d think my cuticles would be smooth given how often I let sand slip though my fingertips while I sat on the beach. But by the time we arrived home I had so many hangnails that I could have hung our week’s worth of laundry out to dry on them.
Sally Hansen Gel Cuticle RemoverI needed help. Stat. So I bought Sally Hansen gel cuticle remover, hoping a thorough home treatment would put my fingertips back on the pretty list.
The directions were certainly simple enough:

“Apply around cuticle, wait 1-2 minute, no longer than 8-10 minutes.”

gel cuticle remover on fingertips

“Use flat end of a pusher tip to loosen and push cuticles away from nails. Wash away excess with warm, soapy water.”

I think my cuticles look worse, not better. What do you think?

I think my cuticles look worse, not better. What do you think?

It took about 10 minutes start to finish, not long at all. But I’m not even halfway convinced that my cuticles look better. I think they look worse. What do you think? I guess the after effects of a week at the Shore can’t be erased with a few swipes of cuticle remover. Or running almost 4 miles the day I get home.

Do you have a better antidote for my cuticles?

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3 Responses to Vacation Cuticles: Sand and Surf Do a Job on Them

  1. Carole says:

    No no!! Never cut or remove cuticles! Cream and push them back…cream some more. If they are dead they will fall off….I think BURTS Bees has a cuticle cream that is good.

  2. shirley says:

    Follow-up with some ‘Burt’s Bees’ lemon butter cuticle cream

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