I always think that it’s important to have pretty nails, especially when your hands are on display. As I teach art and craft – this is quite often.
Over the past few years I have really struggled. My fingers have lots of lumps and bumps because of arthritis, and are often swollen. My nails have simply been a disaster area.
Years on methotrexate (a chemotherapy based drug used for arthritis) saw them in a dreadful state. They were so ridged they were like corduroy. That isn’t the worst. They split – vertically, and flaked and some of them simply stopped growing.
For someone who has always had a nail polish library this was quite distressing. I must admit that I neglected my nails too. It just became depressing.
There is nothing I can do about the lumps and bumps, and nothing I can do about the fact that my hands are in their fifties just like my body. There is however quite a lot I can do about my nails.
Since I have been off methotrexate my nails have slowly started healing, but are far from fine.
Making a Nail Commitment
A couple of months ago I made a commitment to myself. I was going to take care of my hands. They may be arthritic but they are the only hands I have.
I set myself up with hand cream – my choice was a nourishing hand and nail treatment from Roger+Gallet – aptly called sublime. This brand has been going for years (my granny used it) – truly standing the test of time. I placed this along with some cuticle oil next to my sofa spot and promised to nurture my hands and nails every day. What a difference this has made. Things have improved significantly but unfortunately the ridges are still quite prominent.
Treating myself to Mavala
I went off to the pharmacy to treat myself to a new colour. I love Mavala – the little bottles of delicious colour remind me of paint. They never go hard and you can build up a whole library of little pots of deliciousness. I chose a gorgeous pearly shade called Rose.
The real find for me was the Mavala ridge filer from the Nail camouflage range. At nearly nine euros I had to have a little think about it. I then reminded myself that I was taking care of my body which does so much for me.
What a brilliant little pot of goodness. I used it as an undercoat and it was brilliant. My nail polish went on smoothly and lasted for days!
I really think it is important to give our body and in this case our hands a bit of tender loving care. Now all I need to decide is which colour to add to my library next.
Mavala is available from most pharmacies.
(This isn’t a sponsored post – I bought the products myself and absolutely love them)
Thanks for reading. I hope this inspires you to love your hands too.