Forget about Dry and Battered Cuticles Apricot oil is an easy way to fortify nails and cuticles. Maxine Park
Frequenting luxury spas and salons around the world, we like to ferret out interesting beauty secrets that are simple and easy to do. Our latest discovery: the conditioning properties of apricot!
During my last review of a nail salon in Geneva, I underwent the usual routine of having my nails cleaned and shaped to perfection. As the aesthetician continued to massage my hands, she noted that they were a tad dry and my cuticles were a bit frayed. Then she surprised me by massaging apricot cream into my cuticles. The rich conditioning properties of apricot were instantly apparent. Even as she cleaned my nail beds one last time before applying polish, I noticed my cuticles looked better than ever. This cream was so nourishing and absorbed right into the skin.
I had to know more and here’s what she told me:
Apricot cream is renowned for its ability to promote nail growth and soften cuticles that easily become battered, ragged and dry during our journeys. Apricot oil is an easy way to fortify nails and cuticles. Simply massaging it into the cuticles and nail beds of your hands and feet at night can foster nail growth and improve nail strength. Then she gave me a great travel tip and showed me a product I had never seen before; Dior Crème Abricot (yes, spelled with a b) Fortifying Cream for Nails.
Needless to say, with the amount I travel—the endless dry hotel rooms, arid airliners, not to mention the luggage toting—it’s not easy on my hands. But armed with my new secret, I even impressed my favorite pedicurist during my next visit to Paris. I no longer have ragged dry skin around my cuticles, and my toes even look great without polish. (Men, take note.)
You can find a few different apricot cuticle creams out there, like Dior and Essie. For a more intensive treatment for nails and cuticles, try Manicure’s Best Friend by Bliss, a different approach with ingredients such as shea butter, jojoba oil, green tea extract, and vitamins B5 and E.