Cuticle Care: Essie Disappearing Trick & Essie Smooth Trick
I won’t mince words here: I find unattended cuticles revolting. And by “unattended” I mean excess cuticles, overgrown cuticles, flaking cuticles, dry cuticles, split cuticles, and dirty cuticles. But let’s face it – that’s aesthetics, beauty’s in the eye of the beholder, and no one’s forcing anyone to look at your hands. You know the schpeel. Or do you?
What people fail to consider is that nail health is directly influenced by cuticle health and maintenance. Of the 3 fingernail care tips provided by the Mayo Clinic, the third is to moisturize not only your nails but your cuticles too. Another major concern is bacteria entering your nailbed, and this is more likely to happen if you are prone to hangnails or dry, cracked cuticles. These “cuts”, although seemingly minor, allow various microorganisms to enter your nailbed, causing bacterial and fungal infections, some of which are exceedingly difficult to treat (see nail fungus).
Today I’ll be reviewing some cuticle care tips and two great products that help keep cuticles healthy and happy: Essie Disappearing Trick conditioning cuticle remover and Essie Smooth Trick deep-conditioning cuticle oil. Keep reading to see how you can attain or maintain glowing, gorgeous nails!
When it comes to cuticle care, two of the easiest ways to not only lay the groundwork for healthy nails but also give yourself more attractive looking nails are to push back your cuticles and keep your cuticles hydrated. Simple, right? These two products by Essie do just that. But first, what do unkempt cuticles look like?
They look like this. The truth is that you can still have nice-looking nails but unattractive cuticles and nailbeds. Over time however, your unhealthy nail care habits will catch up with you. And you might also repulse some people (like shallow ol’ me) along the way.
Here’s a question: if you’re going to take the time to maintain the tips of your nails, why are you neglecting the beds? It’s akin to only brushing half your hair and praying for all-over, untangled, luscious locks. Probably not going to happen. Additionally, it just looks bad. You can see this from time to time with girls posting manicures and nail art online. If you’re going to spend a half hour doing your nails, why can’t you spend 30 seconds tidying up your cuticles?
Everyone is Different
Like all types of body and health maintenance, every person has their own concerns, problems, and hurdles. Some girls complain that their hair is too thick while other girls suffer daily with thin, unmanageable hair. Some people suffer from acne, and some individuals with porcelain skin burn instead of tan. Like said, we all have our individual issues we try to overcome.
The same applies to our cuticles. Some individuals suffer from fast-growing, excess cuticles while others are plagued by dryness and cracked nailbeds. And some individuals suffer from all the above. Your cuticle care routine should thus tackle your specific problem(s).
If your problem is dryness, moisturizers and cuticle oils are a must – like Essie Smooth Trick!
If you suffer from excess cuticles (like in the above photo), it is good to use cuticle remover creams, gels or oils (like Essie Disappearing Trick!) and to then push cuticles back with a sanitized orange stick (like this). Do not push back cuticles if your cuticles are dry! It’s a surefire way to split the skin.
Both Essie Disappearing Trick and Smooth Trick come in 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.) tubes and have a fine-tip rubber applicator. The design allow you to grip the tube and trace the applicator along your cuticles like you’re holding and writing with a pen.
After application, massage the oil into your cuticle and let it sit. Both products dry quickly and don’t leave fingers feeling greasy or oily. Oil is clear and scent-free. It is safe to directly apply base coat and nail lacquer after use.
Essie Disappearing Trick: As previously mentioned, this product is a conditioning cuticle remover. It is designed for healthy, normal nails and attests that it eliminates excess cuticles in seconds. And it really does! Apply, massage in, wait 15 seconds and then push stubborn cuticles back with complete ease. (Don’t forget your cuticle stick!)
Disappearing Trick is available at most drug stores, Walmarts, and beauty retailers and sells for approximately $8.00 USD.
Essie Smooth Trick: This product is a deep-conditioning cuticle oil designed to treat dry and cracked cuticles. It is for individuals with dry, brittle nails. If you’re a polish addict, your cuticles are probably craving moisture, and I find this product does the trick (no pun intended, I swear).
I use Smooth Trick several times a week, and since I’ve started using it, I’ve found my cuticles are healthier than ever. I used to suffer from cracked cuticles, but I can now say I haven’t had a snag in weeks.
Smooth Trick sells for approximately $8.00 USD at all major beauty retailers and drug marts. This tube also provides many uses. I’ve been using mine almost daily for 2 months and my tube is still 3/4 full.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my review! Just remember, find the right care regime for your nails and cuticles based on your concerns. Also, there are a lot of cuticle oils on the market – Essie is just one of many distributers. Always remember to find what works best for you. Until next time! xx