“ Brand: The Sanctuary / Type: Nail Oil / Suitable for: Cuticles / What it does: Protects, Nourishes „
I have suffered from dry, cracked and peeling cuticles since forever and have been using nourishing cuticle oil in the pen form prior to discovering this.
The problem with pen ones are that they're usually expensive for the amount of product you get and they don't work either!
This Sanctuary one comes in a nail polish bottle form so its very easy to apply however generously as you like! A little goes A LONG way. I admit it does feel a bit greasy when you are rubbing it in but the oil soon sinks in and makes your cracked, dry nails... well not looking cracked or dry anymore!
However, it doesn't cure or prevent them from returning. I usually apply this at night before I go to sleep and it does help my cuticles become less prone to cracking though.
Its a shame that it seems Sanctuary no longer stock this cuticle oil now!
Will be reviewing quite a few nail treatments, as I am going through my tri-annual 'must stop biting my nails and be a grown-up' phase.
I have some Sanctuary Nail and Cuticle oil in from my last attempt at having pretty nails. I love it! It really makes my nails shine and feel in good condition, even when they are chewed beyond recognition.
Having tidy, clean, well cared for nails makes me feel better about myself and I feel more confident about expressing myself with my hands.
This oil really softens the cuticles. I tend to be quite grim and pick at my cuticles as well as my nails (not painting a great picture am I?!) so my cuticles are often jagged and rough and dry and it becomes a vicious circle because the rough edges annoy me and so I pick at them. With this Sanctuary oil my cuticles become instantly softer and so it is not a chore to give up picking at them. It also means that once they have recovered from a few months of torture and have started to grow back normally, by applying the oil, they push back easily and look neat and tidy.
It is also really nice to massage into the nail bed, which makes the nails really shine. After regular applications I have noticed that my nails stay in better condition for longer.
It is about £5 for a pot and it lasts for ages.
Taking good care of your body and your skin has to rank very high with me. If I don't look good, I don't feel good and I always try to look my very best. Whether that is having flawless make-up, nice hair which is clean, trimmed and styled to perfection and handbags and shoes which match.
When it comes to my hands and nails, I think I am probably more pedantic about that than anything else. I meet a lot of people with the job that I do and making an impression counts. In my view I can tell whether or not I will like someone after that very first handshake and I like to believe others think the same way, so to have soft hands and good nails for me is important.
Every week I like to treat my nails, because I wear a lot of nail polish I sometimes get weak nails which split and peel and this never looks good when meeting clients and because I often work long hours, I don't always have the time to go to my manicurist to have my nails done properly, so over the years I have learnt to look after them myself. To do that I either use a product from the Jessica range or The Sanctuary Nail and Cuticle Oil.
The Sanctuary sell well known products on the high street in places like Boots, so it is always easy to buy something during my lunch hour and although they are not my favourite products, I do like the Nail and Cuticle oil. Keeping your cuticles in good condition is actually really easy to do once you get into a routine of doing it and for those people who are wondering what I am talking about, your cuticles are the skin which can be found at the base of your finger nails and their sole job is to prevent bacteria from entering your nails and body, so I am told. The one thing you should never do is cut your cuticles because this can lead to dryness and peeling which can become sore and infected.
The skin of your cuticles is very soft and delicate so you do need to take good care of it. The Sanctuary Nail and Cuticle Oil is used to help soften cuticles and this will help prevent your nails from splitting and breaking and looking terrible whilst helping to combat the signs of aging. To use this product you simply put a drop of the oil onto the base of your nail where the cuticle can be found and then gently massage the oil into the nail, you only need one drop of oil per nail which is more than enough. Then once the oil has soaked into the skin which usually takes only a few minutes, you will need to use what is known as an orange stick or cuticle stick, it is slightly fatter than a cocktail stick but has a blunt end and looks like apencil. You would usually get one of these with any cutile cream you buy and if you don't they are avilabel in places like Boots for as little as £1. Using your cuticle stick, you need to hold it at an angle so you can see exactly what you are doing and then gently push back your cuticles and the oil which has been used should have softened the skin making this job really easy to do. Once you have pushed the skin of the cuticles back, then in small circular motions, again using the stick around the base of the nail remove any dead or flaky skin. The skin which is being removed is white and it will be very small and once you have completed this procress for every nail, using a cotton wool pad or ball which is slightly wet, rub each nail gently to ensure everything has been removed. If you notice some of your cuticles need a little more work, especially if you have never done this process before, then simply repeat what you have just done. If you are happy with the job in hand, I always moisturised my nails afterwards using a really good nail cream.
The one reason this oil works so well on my cuticles is due to its ingredients. Sweet Almond oil is one of the main ingredients and it absorbs itself into the skin very quickly making the skin soft and aiding the removal of dead skin. Vitamin E is an antioxident which rids the skin of impurities and protect it. Finally the main ingredient which is White Tea Extract which is used in a lot of lotions and potions I use and it not only protects and nourishes the skin but also helps with fight premature aging. All of these ingredients give this oil a really sweet smell when you use it and the only downside is that the smell doesn't last for too long.
As I have said I use this weekly now that my nails and cuticles are in good condition but if your nails are not in such a good condition, then you can use it daily until you are happy with how your nails look. I am a real fan of this nail and cuticle oil as it keeps my nails and cuticles in a really good condition and to buy it is only £4.95 which is an absolute bargain by my standards and because I use it weekly a bottle which contains 15ml lasts me a few months.
Our nourishing and conditioning nail and cuticle oil contains antioxidant white tea to help protect against environmental damage and moisturising sweet almond oil and vitamin E to soften cuticles and help prevent nails from splitting and breaking