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Fix Those Hangnails!

As a nail technician, one of the most asked questions is about getting rid of those nasty, painful hangnails!

The reason? DEHYRATION. This time, it's not about drinking water. Here's the scoop:

Not properly moisturizing leads to dry, cracked skin, and yes- hangnails! Hangnails happen when your nail plate doesn't have the proper amount of moisture. Your nail plate is approximately 17% water. If the percentage drops below that, the nail becomes dehydrated, causing hangnails, nail breakage and potentially thickened cuticles.

Theoretically, everytime you wash your hands, wash dishes, clean your bathtub, or anything else with a detergent or soap, you need to moisturize. When you remove moisture, oil etc. from your skin, you need to put it back in. But seriously, who has time for that?!

1: A good quality cuticle oil conditioner is the best bet. Using it 2-3 times per day, or more if needed will help bring moisture back, balancing hydration in your nail plate, and therefore eliminating hangnails. Better quality, better results. Cheaper, store bought stuff has a TINY bit of the good stuff, and A LOT of filler. Better quality products are complete opposite: TON of good ingredients, and minimal filler. Better quality products usually tend to be more concentrated, meaning a little goes a long way. My go-to? CND's Solar Oil. LOVE IT!

2: Hand cream! Usually the thicker, greasier stuff is best. It acts as a moisture barrier to prevent the moisture coming back out of your skin (so you don't have to apply it as often). Those that are thinner need to be applied more often. I don't go to Kmart, Walmart or where ever and browse their beauty products, so I do not have generic brands to name off hand. Dermalogica's Multivitamin Hand and Nail Treatment is great, and my new favorite is Glo Theraputics Luxury Hand Cream.

Using one or both of these will lead you to the road of model-ready hands!

Glo Theraputics Skincare and Glo Minerals Makeup will be soon available at my shop,

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