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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Well this is cool...

Dermelect Cosmecueticals is blogging/facebooking/tweeting about me blogging about using their products to restore my natural nails.  Makes me feel like a celebrity.  LOL.  :P

As for the progress on growing out my nails... well, it's going to be a long one.  I'm able to use the Makeover ridgefiller to cover up some of the damage on my nails.  That, and the pale pink color of the ridgefiller are really helping to make my nails look less damaged.  It's a little too early, to see any true progress. 

My main problem now is with the tips of my fingers.  They hurt pretty bad, and I'm not sure why.  It's like the skin at the tips of my nails is damaged.  It's dry and almost like little calluses.  I'm not sure if it's because of damage caused by my tech's drill or for some other reason.  However, I know I've had this issue since I first took off my acrylics in March and it's one of the main reasons I started using the glue-ons.  When I had a tip on my nail, the tips didn't hurt.  Of course, this could also be exacerbated by the fact it's getting cold here now and I'm having to use the heat much more than I have been. 

Maybe I just need to be using a better hand cream.  I'm using Mango Mend and Cornhuskers Lotion like crazy, but they just aren't soothing my fingers.  Any ideas?  I have some hand cream (Vaseline) in the closet I'm going to try next, but if that doesn't work, I'll need some suggestions for a good (and hopefully cheap) hand cream.  TIA, everyone.  :)


Unknown said...

What is cheap?;) I've heard positive comments about The Body shop hemp hand cream: http://www.thebodyshop-usa.com/hand-care-products/prod5950023

Kirsten (The Dutch Nail Blog) said...

The pain in your tips could come from exposing fragile skin (look up hyponichium and nail anatomy for info) to the outside world. Long nails, acrylics and glue ons have kept that part covered and protected all this time. Usually it only last a few days until the skin get's a bit tougher.
It'll go away eventually but it really sucks for now.

I think it's great you are trying this. Hang in there! It will get better.

Lina-Elvira said...

I agree with MinderMutsig. It will take about a week for the skin at the tips to adjust. Keep moisturising though as it will keep the skin and nails at optimum growing conditions :) I salute you, you are brave and in a couple of months you will look back at these posts, look at your nice nails and say "hey it was hell back then, but look at ma babies now!!" :)

Flame said...

Glad you are going back to natural nails. Go to your local Sally's Beauty Supply and get some Herbacin Kamille. It is reasonably priced at below five dollars. If you have a Beauty Club Card it will be even cheaper. You will love this stuff, even your husband will like to use it. Good luck with growing out your natural nails.

Myne said...

You may try the Neutrogena hand cream, I use that and its really good.

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Megan (A Polish Problem) said...

Thanks, girls. I really appreciate it. As for cheap, I basically meant something I can get at a big box, a drug store, or at Sally's. Since I'm on a really strict budget now, I can't spend big bucks on a department store/salon hand cream.

I need to go Sally's and check out their hand creams. For some reason, I totally forgot about them. LOL.

Also, I want to thank you all for the words of encouragement. At this stage, I don't feel brave. I kind of feel like a fool for posting my damaged nails on the internet for all to see. However, I'm hoping that with time and a boatload of patience (something I'm supremely lacking in), I'll have nice, natural nails within a few months.

I just woke up one morning and decided I couldn't go back to the vicious cycle of glue-ons. I'm willing to use them in the future as an occasional thing, but has an everyday habit, I just can't go back there. Here's hoping that this works out okay.

PolishPig said...

just hang in there, it is going to get better soon!

As Kirsten said, the top of your finger right now isn't really skin, it is the top of your nail bed and that part was never ment to be exposed without a nail, so it is very sensitive.

It will adjust though, and your nails will grow day by day, covering the sensitive area.

At one time, my nails looked almost as bad as this just from biting them, and I recognise the pain you are describing. It will pass.

Happy Holiday!

Lucy said...

Your poor fingers! Hope they're feeling better by now.

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