Lay Your Hands On Me
Day 18: Dior Creme Abricot
De-Winterizing my skin does not stop with face and body. The cold and snowy weather, along with some pretty big life stress, has taken its toll on my hands and especially my nails. I don't think they've ever looked this bad, and I have not worn nail polish in many months while I wait for the damage to grow out. In the meantime, I'm resolving to take better care of my hands and nails.
My Mom was a hairdresser when she was a young woman. I remember watching her nail ritual and being fascinated with what she did to keep her nails and hands looking so beautiful. She would take an orangewood stick, a little jar of Revlon nail cream, and work the cream into her cuticles, pushing back with the stick, and then massaging the cream into the nail and cuticle area. When she was finished, she'd take her little bottle of bright red Charles Of The Ritz nail polish, and with three swipes on each nail, she'd paint my nails. I felt like a princess.
I carried on her tradition in my early adulthood, with Dior Creme Abricot. I had beautiful natural nails that would grow out as long as I wanted them. I don't know why I stopped using it. When I wanted to start again, I found that Dior had discontinued the product and I couldn't find it anywhere. I tried the Revlon, but it did not seem as nourishing as the Dior.
Recently I was browsing the Dior section on the Sephora website, and I noticed that Creme Abricot was back! Click! I ordered two of them, one for Mom and one for me. Perfect timing, here as Winter draws to a close and my hands can't be hidden much longer in gloves.
As soon as the order arrived, I dug in my old manicure set for an orangewood stick, and set to work. The apricot oil in this cream smells divine. Many nail care products are formulated with apricot oil, it seems. Must mean that it's good for the nails.
The results are coming along, but I'm asking alot from this jar. It is helping to relieve the dryness and flaky raggedy cuticles. My nails are growing out with a healthier look and I notice less ridges too. I have high hopes that soon my nails will be worthy of a bright red polish.
There is something very soothing and womanly about sitting down with the Dior Creme Abricot, the orangewood stick, and a cup of hot Earl Grey tea, and just taking a bit of time to take care of myself. I'm so happy that Dior has brought back this great treatment. I noticed the jar and the orangewood stick on my Mom's kitchen table. She's using it daily, too. She loves tea way more than I do.
Disclosure: This product was purchased by the reviewer
Credit: Cavewoman for Blogdorf Goodman
Credit 2: Melanie Parker/Veronica Lake in I Married a Witch