Just The Right Thing: A+D Ointment

by Nancy on March 20, 2013

Recently I subscribed to More magazine.  I received a bonus supplement, 75 Best Beauty Tips: The Best Tips, Tricks, and Short-Cuts to Create Your Perfect Look. These types of things amuse me. Nine times out of ten it seems style magazine recommendations begin with “New York cosmetic dermatologist, XXXXX, recommends Uber-Luxurious Outrageously Expensive Wrinkle Repairing Renewing Vibrancy Serum ($75.00 for .5 fl oz.”)

I am suspicious of products magazine writers recommend. I always wonder if they are using their editorial copy to promote products from companies that advertise in their magazine. BUT, I got one very awesome tip from 75 Best Beauty Tricks that has solved (okay, significantly improved) one of the bane’s of my existence – dry, cracked cuticles. Here’s the tip:

 To heal parched nails and cuticles, slather them with nail oil before you go to bed. Then top them with an occlusive balm like A+D ointment.

Here's my crumpled, well-used tube of A+D ointment. My new favorite cure for cracked, dry cuticles and chapped lips.

Here’s my crumpled, well-used tube of A+D ointment. My new favorite cure for cracked, dry cuticles and chapped lips.

The best part of this tip was I knew I had an old tube of A+D in my medicine cabinet. Before going to bed I brushed on  Solar Oil, then rubbed a little of the ointment over my nails. The ointment blocks water and air (that’s the occlusive part)  and keeps the oil in place so it can do its moisturizing thing.

One of the things I love about the tube is that you can squeeze out a tiny bit. With the tub of Vaseline (also an occlusive agent) you inevitably have a thick goobery mess all over your hands and nails which makes picking up your phone or typing on your keyboard problematic.

I love my A+D so much I picked up a couple tubes at the grocery store so I can keep one in my car and at my desk. I think they were a couple bucks a piece making them a VERY GOOD THING!


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