I will do anything that I can to lessen the negative effects of traveling during the holidays on my skin and nails. During this time of the year I go from a hot humid climate, to one that is frigid, icy cold and dry and everything in between. It’s no wonder I can often be seen sporting dry, jagged cuticles and clogged pores during this time of year. Well I’ve found two from Josie Maran Cosmetics that are sure to lessen…and hopefully eradicate my skin and nail woes.
The Josie Maran Bear Naked Wipes contain a blend of aloe vera, chamomile, argan oil, cucumber and Vitamin E and are fragrance free, paraben free and petrochemicals free. These amazing makeup removing wipes are even gentle enough to use on your eyes. They did a great job of removing my makeup…even my mascara and I love how refreshing they feel and smell. Read more
I once paid $38 for a bottle of Dr Haushkaâ€™s Neem Oil, and after a year of using it on and off, I felt mostly disappointed and somewhat robbed. Fast forward a couple of years and I have before me a very affordable and effective alternative that will rescue dry, brittle nails and ragged cuticles called Complete Essential Oils Derma Neem Nails ($7.99 for 4ml).
My nails are in fairly good condition â€“ they always seem stronger in the summer (more sunlight equals vitamin D equals strong nails??). I was once given a manicure by a woman who said very firmly that most nail issues are due to lack of hydration. I took this to heart and I usually make sure to rub my nails with whatever rich moisturizer I have lying around. To prepare for my Derma Neem Nails test, I stopped this habit and within 48 hours I could see that my nails looked drier and a couple of them were even beginning to look ridged.
Derma Neem Nails Â improved matters almost instantly and a daily dab is keeping my nails looking perfectly well nourished. Application is by a well-behaved roller-ball tip â€“ another plus over the Dr Haushka, which is messy and wasteful to use. What I like about Derma Neem Nails is that is has emu oil, which essential fatty acids â€“ linolenic, linoleic, oleic, and palmitic â€“ and is highly compatible with human sebum. It is known to stimulate hair growth â€“ and whatâ€™s good for hair tends to be good for nails as well.Â Grape seed oil also has fatty acids and, like all of the oils here, is a good source of vitamin E. A study in the UK found that topical vitamin E was helpful for yellow nail syndrome.
The makers of Derma Neem Nails recommend that if your nails and cuticles are in a particularly sorry state to exfoliate with a mixture of salt and virgin olive oil before applying their oil rescue.
This is a little gem that has nailed its job at a price that break the bank.
Ingredients: Grape seed oil, emu oil, jojoba oil, proprietary blend of essential oils.
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