I, like anyone else who loves a fresh manicure, understands the upkeep required to maintain beautiful nails. Our nails are the eyebrows to the hands; meaning they frame our hands’ appearance. More importantly, having dry, cracked or overgrown cuticles can take away from a beautiful polish. As a person with dry skin, my cuticles are the first to go; way before getting a chipped nail. With time, I’ve tried my fair share of hand lotions and yet non have worked in improving my cuticle’s appearance.
You can purchase the cuticle treatment by Essie called Apricot Oil at Target or a local drug store retails for $8.59. The treatment comes in the traditional Essie packaging and has a transparent peach hue. It claims to hydrate and revitalize one’s cuticles when used as directed; at least twice a day.
I couldn’t find a list of ingredients on the packaging but did manage to find one on the Target site. No where on the list of ingredients do you see actual apricot oil. However, it does have a slight apricot scent. The Apricot treatment oil does contain Cotton Seed Oil, Almond Oil, Soybean Oil and Sunflower Seed Oil. Disclaimer: This product may raise a red flag for those against using products containing Parabens.
The Apricot Oil’s applicator is identical to the traditional Essie nail polish. I found this allowed for a quick and easy application process, without being messy. The oil itself is very thin allowing for quick absorption. After applying the treatment on one’s cuticles, massage the oil until it is fully absorbed.
The picture above was taken 3 days after my manicure. Although it does not contain actual apricot oil, I love that it has kept my cuticles moisturized without feeling greasy or dirty. I can see this working on people with very dry hands. This may sound horrible but my cuticles begin to show signs of dryness a few hours after receiving a manicure so to have nice cuticles 3 days after a manicure is short of a miracle.
Aside from the parabens, the only other downside I have with this product is its longevity. The instructions recommend applying this 2x a day. However, I had to apply this several times throughout the day and found it easier to keep on top of my desk. Seeing as the treatment has a thin formula, you could tell it was gone after washing your hands or after dealing with paper work for a few hours.
Negatives aside, I love how it has created the appearance of healthy, hydrated cuticles. This may not be the best option out there but I’m happy it has gotten me in the routine of applying oils to my cuticles. Maybe next time I’ll try actual apricot oil.
Do you guys have special cuticle treatments you enjoy doing?
I’d love to hear them.