Though Manicure and Pedicure has become a routine in our beauty care regime, Nail cuticles and their importance are still kind of a grey area for many of us!! This article will give a basic insight of nail cuticles and their importance and a quick comparison of two famous nail cuticle care products.
What is a nail cuticle?
· The nail has four components: the matrix, bed, plate, proximal nail fold, and cuticle.
· The nail plate is formed in the nail matrix which is located beneath the proximal nail fold
· The cuticle is a section of skin at the end of the proximal nail fold that protects the nail matrix
· The nail plate lies atop the nail bed which is the living portion of the nail with nerves and blood vessels
The Eponychium/proximal nail fold and the cuticle form a protective seal for our nails. The cuticle on the nail plate is dead cells and is often removed during manicure, but the eponychium is living cells and should not be touched
Why should we take care of our cuticles?
Cuticles, the skin around our nails should be treated well to avoid infection and nail dryness.
Cuticles in general, needs a lot of hydration. Moisturizing the cuticles daily helps to retain their hydration and helps in nail growth!
Tip: Acetone-based treatments with formaldehyde, including formaldehyde resins, are bad for your cuticles. Both of these chemicals, in addition to being toxic, cause dryness and irritation of cuticle skin.
Below I have reviewed/compared two of the famous cuticle moisturizers aka cuticle treatment oil/gel for the benefit of others.
Sally Hansen Quick care Massaging Cuticle treatment pen
Sally Hansen’s says on this product:
- Helps restore healthy-looking radiance to even troubled cuticles.
- Comes with Sweet Almond Oil and Mango Seed Butter.
- Click, Massage & Go!
Sweet Almond Oil, Mango Seed Butter and Tea Tree Oil instantly begin to treat and condition cuticles and nails.
Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Silica Silylate, Parfum/Fragrance, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben.
Directions to use:
Click at base to bring product to surface. Apply to skin surrounding the nail using the massaging tip in a circular motion to help stimulate nail growth. Re-click as needed. Recap after use. If used before a manicure or pedicure, remove thoroughly with soap & water. Reapply after nail color is dry.
Price and quantity:
$ 10 or Rs. 450 approx for 0.09 Fl oz/2.6 ml
Avon Nail Experts Vitamin C Cuticle gel
Avon’s Say on this product:
Avon NAIL EXPERTS Vitamin C Cuticle Gel instantly repairs dry cuticles, moisturizes the skin around nails and infuses it with nourishing vitamin c. The refreshing cream with rich citrusy scent will keep your hands nicely smelling, soft and smooth.
Water/Eau Glycerin Dipropylene Glycol Cyclopentasiloxane Dimethicone Sodium Chloride Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Extract Ascorbyl Palmitate Tocopheryl Acetate Ethylhexyl Palmitate Isopropyl Myristate Petrolatum Peg/Ppg-20/15 Dimethicone Parfum/Fragrance Imidazolidinyl Urea Polyethylene Dimethiconol Ppg-5-Ceteth-20 Sd Alcohol 40-B Retinyl Palmitate Tocopherol Yellow 5 Lake/Ci 19140 Red 30/Ci 73360 Orange 4/Ci 15510
Directions to use:
Apply a small amount to cuticles, massage gently. Wipe off any excess product.
Price and quantity:
Rs 149 or $ 3 approx for 15g
A quick comparison J
Are they Travel friendly?
Yes!! Definitely both of them are equally good as they are easy to store and travel friendly.
The Sally Hansen comes in a pen form with a massage tip applicator. Honestly I didn’t like the massage applicator much L it helps in spreading the product evenly on nails. Apart from that I do not see any massaging effect on my nails!! The product comes out only when the base is twisted couple of times, this helps in avoiding the product leakage when the cap is not closed properly.
|Sally Hansen Massage Tip Applicator – a close up look|
Avon cuticle gel does not have an applicator but the tube mouth is narrow enough to limit the product flow. The drawback could be the product can be exposed to air (bacteria) if not closed properly. Also there are chances of product leakage if the tube is not closed properly!
Sally Hansen scores an extra point here for the neat packaging!
Price and quantity:
No comments!! Avon is the clear winner here!!
Consistency and Ease of use:
Sally Hansen cuticle oil was a little thick compared to Avon which was thin and light.
Because of its thick consistency sally Hansen takes time to get absorbed which is not good if we are in a hurry!!
Avon has tiny orange colored sponge like particles in it which is kind of attractive. Not sure if they have any significance!!
Anyways Avon gets a bonus point here for its thin consistency!!
Both smell pleasant and OK.
Avon is available through Avon dealers in India! Sally Hansen is not that easily available in India!!
Did it work on cuticles?
Yes!! Both did work on cuticles. I have been using Sally Hansen for a year now and I would say it works decently well on my cuticles.
Avon was a recent addition to my nail care routine. I did not have many hopes on this one when I bought it but seriously I was surprised that it worked well in par with sally Hansen.
Avon is a much economical and good alternate for Sally Hansen cuticle treatment and definitely worth a try J
Have you ever used a cuticle care treatment before? If so please share your experience in the comment section below J
Take care and Thanks for reading J
Nail structure Image source – Google, Wikipedia
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