Guest Post: Chantal's Corner's cuticle care essentials

I'm super happy to announce Chantal as my first guest blogger from the Canadian Beauty Blogger network! I recently joined this growing group of enterprising ladies and we will all be hosting monthly guest blogs on various topics. Chantal is a gamer, a jewelry maker and a nail polish expert. She's also a soon-to-be new mom! 

The topic for the first month of our guest blog series is "skincare," so check out Chantal's take on cuticle care and read the rest of the CBB girls' features via the links at the end of this post.

Hi everyone!

I'm Chantal from Chantal's Corner and I'm honoured to be guess posting for MizzJ today! I'll be sharing my cuticle care essentials because I find taking care of your cuticles is just as important as the rest of your body – not to mention that healthy cuticles help your nails be in better health.

Chantal's Corner's cuticle care essentials

Many of us hydrate our hands, especially in these cold and dry winter months, but not many people take the time to moisturize their cuticles. I don't find that most hand lotions are strong enough to hydrate my cuticles; they need a little extra TLC so I rely on these products to keep mine in top shape.

Oil Moisturizers
Some cuticle products are oil based. These work really well and even though they are oily, as long as you don't go overboard with your application you won't end up with oily hands.

Chantal's Corner's cuticle care essentials: OPI Avoplex and Etude House

OPI Avoplex Nail & Cuticle Replenishing Oil – This product smells really good; it's fruity and fresh and just yummy! I use this one every morning before leaving for work. I've been doing this for over a year and the bottle is still half full – it really lasts!

OPI Avoplex Cuticle Oil To Go – This is the Cuticle Replenishing Oil in a travel ­friendly format. It's great to carry in your purse and for on-­the-­run applications. I also use mine after I'm done doing my nails ­ I can just swipe it around my cuticles without getting it all over my fresh nail polish.

Etude House Help My Finger Essence Spa – Honestly I have not tried this one yet (since I have so many on the go already), but I love Etude House so I just had to buy it.  :­)

Balm Moisturizers
Another type of cuticle moisturizers are balms. These can be less messy than oil moisturizers and if you carry them in your purse they have less chance of making a mess (no leaking).

Chantal's Corner's cuticle care essentials - Burt's Bees, Qtica and Rainbow Honey

Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream – As expected this one smells like lemons. I really like the scent and it works really well too. You need to hold your finger in the balm for a few seconds to melt it a bit, then it's really easy to apply. I keep this one on my night table.

Qtica Intense Cuticle Repair Balm (the black cap – the brand name has faded away) – This is the first cuticle product that I bought and I was hooked! The scent is kind of that perfumy makeup smell, but it's not overwhelming and I actually like it. This one has a softer texture than Burt's Bees (you don't need to “melt” it), and it works wonders. I keep this one in my purse.

Rainbow Honey Cuticle Balm in Sakura Matsuri – I got this as part of a set when I first ordered some Rainbow Honey nail polish. It smells amazing and it works really well. This one is kind of put away for now since I have some all over already, but it will definitely replace whichever one I run out of – or if I need to put one somewhere new.

I tried to pick a top one when I was writing this and I just can't. They all feel different – so in one way it all depends on the types of texture you prefer, but they all work great. However, if you don't have one yet then I would recommend Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream. It's probably the most easily attainable one out of all of these since you can get it in most mass retail stores and drugstores.

Do you hydrate your cuticles? What product(s) do you use?

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