“ Brand: Boots / Texture: Cream / Type: Moisturiser / Suitable for: Cuticles / What it does: Moisturizes, „
Although I always try to keep my nails and cuticles in good condition with the regular application of hand cream, at times they need a bit of extra tender loving care. On these occasions I use Boots Expert Cuticle and Nail Moisturiser. I have been using this product for years now, and always fall back on it when necessary.
This product costs £4.10 for a 12ml tube, and is available in Boots stores and at boots.com. It comes in a small white cardboard box, and the front of the box features the name of the product as well as a photograph of an extremely elegant hand (I wish my hands looked like that after using this cream!). Both the box and the tube are recycleable, and the contents will be good for 24 months after opening.
The back of the tube gives directions for use: 'Apply daily to cuticle and nail. Massage gently into the contour of the nail to assist absorption and improve nail growth after 6 weeks.'
The cream works to rehydrate and condition your cuticles and nails. Its three main ingredients are Vitamin E, honey, and grapeseed oil. Vitamin E is an excellent moisturiser. Its antioxidant benefits mean that it helps protect skin cells, and it also has an anti-ageing benefit. Honey is another brilliant natural moisturiser. As well as keeping skin hydrated, it acts as a gentle exfoliant and as an antimicrobial agent to help fight off infection from minor cuts - and will therefore help with torn cuticles. It is very gentle on the skin. Grapeseed oil is often used as a carrier in skincare products, helping the other ingredients enter the skin. It is easily absorbed and is suitable for all skin types.
Boots website gives the following information: 'Formulated with vitamin E, honey and grapeseed oil, Boots Expert Cuticle and Nail Moisturiser gets to work to hydrate cuticles, leaving them smooth and soft. It helps to strengthen and protect the nail too.'
After unscrewing the lid from the top of the tube, you will see that it has a narrow and pointed nozzle through which you dispense the cream by gently squeezing the tube. The narrow nozzle ensures that only a small amount is dispensed each time. The product is quite thick, is a light creamy colour and has virtually no smell, just a very slight fragrance that is reminiscent of hand cream. I apply the cream directly from the nozzle in semi-circles, from about halfway down my nail, around the cuticle and up the other side. Then I rub it in gently, paying attention not just to my cuticles but also to the nail bed and the nail itself. After massaging the cream onto my nails for a minute or two, I then leave the rest to be absorbed (I'm usually doing this while watching tv, so that I don't need to use my hands for a little while). If I am then going to paint my nails, I will wash my hands first to make sure that I remove any residue. However, I usually try to wait to colour my nails, so that they can get the full benefit of this cream.
If your cuticles are at all rough or ragged, you should soon see a real improvement. And by massaging this moisturising cream into your nails, you are increasing blood circulation into the nail bed, which stimulates healthy new nail growth.
I think this cream works well both as a regular or an occasional treatment. I tend to use it after I've removed my nail polish, but will also use it over the polish if I feel my cuticles are becoming at all dry. With use, they soon become softer and more pliable again. My nails seem to be in good condition at the moment, in spite of a bout of poor health, so something must be working!
Because I only need to apply a small amount at a time, I find that a tube lasts me for ages. I think £4.10 is a reasonable price to pay for this cream, which I consider to be a high quality nail treatment, and I am happy to give it five stars.
There is one thing that I haven't been able to give up, despite attempting to live a poor student lifestyle as I've returned to University again, and that's my false nails. I willingly spend £20 every three weeks on them which I personally don't think is too bad although my friends think I'm insane, I think I've managed to convince myself that I'm actually getting an absolute bargain somehow! I just think that a person's nails says a lot about them, especially on females, and I just can't bring myself to let my nails go back to how they used to be.
In order to keep them in tip top condition I've found that I don't have to do much at all, paying £20 every three weeks should technically be enough to do this, but there is one thing I do use religiously and that's a cuticle cream. Your cuticles are the skin that grows around and protects the nail bed, I find myself now glancing down at my nails as I type and inspecting my cuticles. Some people will be blessed with healthy and moisturised cuticles which always look neat whereas others, like me, which often find them to be dry and peeling.
I used to use a Jessica cuticle cream which cost me a fortune but I've managed to find a Boots equivalent which only sets me back £4.50 for a 12ml tube. The tube comes in a white box and is branded to be a Boots Expert product, it can be found along with the nail growth treatments in Boots. The actual tube is a bit longer than my middle finger and is clear in colour. It has the Boots logo and the word "expert" in blue and the product name "cuticle and nail moisturiser" in orange on the front along with some further details on the back.
To access the product simply unscrew the small plastic lid and gently squeeze the tube, a little product will be dispensed from the very pointed nozzle. This is ideal as it ensures that only a little bit of the cream comes out at once. The cream is a very pale peach colour and smells like a hand cream really, there's a slight perfumed smell to it and it's almost got a hint of after sun about it. It's a nice fragrance, one that's quite bland and non offensive. It's got a fairly thick consistency; it's not at all runny and reminds me of a thick hand cream.
The directions recommend that you apply this everyday to your nails and cuticles although I find twice a week is enough to keep mine looking healthy and moisturised. It's really easy to apply, simply dab a little bit onto your finger and then massage into your nail and cuticle. It's not greasy at all and soaks in after a couple of minutes. You literally need less than a pea sized amount for both hands. It's formulated with Vitamin E, honey and grape seed oil which work together to moisturise and promote healthy cuticles and nails too.
As for the effects well I think it's great, it does exactly what it promises. I tend to apply this product at night and when I wake up in the morning my cuticles always look healthy and moisturised. It also promises that you'll notice an improvement in nail growth after six weeks although as I've got false nails this doesn't apply to me. I tend to use a basic hand cream every night and then this every three or four nights, most hand creams should moisturise and nourish your cuticles but I find that often they're not enough on their own.
So there we have it, some people may think I'm wasting £4.50 on this when a hand cream could do the job sufficiently. However I personally think this is a brilliant product, it's also ideal on any patches of dry skin as I found when I applied it to a patch on my leg. Despite the tube only providing you with 12ml I've had mine for over six months now and I'm only about halfway through it so it will last you for a while depending on your usage. I'm giving this five stars, yes it's not really a necessity but it makes my cuticles look good!
Thanks for reading!