This morning I woke up to find that I'm already getting chapped and cracked hands and it's only September!
It's no secret that I have ugly, old man hands... but cracks in September?
To be honest, I usually don't care a lick about how my hands look as long as my toes are painted cute.
I put lotion on them every morning, but my prematurely wrinkling hands soak the moisture up like the desert consumes a rain drop. 15 minutes later, you can't tell I even put anything on them.
Today, I resolved to do something drastic with my hands. I decided to beautify them with the royal treatment!
A well- meaning friend gave me a set of manicure products called "Satin Hands" by Mary Kay.
She assured me that "Satin Hands" were the only hope for me. That was last February. I thanked her for the products, and then forgot about them until now.
This morning, I pulled out the big guns and started the three- step process:
3. Emulsify with emollient. ( I don't exactly know what that means, in terms of handcream, but it sounds powerfully potent.)
After the skin treatment was complete, I thought to myself, "why not go the extra mile?"
So I did the unthinkable: I painted my finger nails!
I know. Big Step. Huge.
Can you see the difference? My hands felt like a greased pig at the county fair, but they sure looked pretty! (Relatively speaking, that is.) You know, I may have a future as a hand model for beauty products. Totally Kidding.
This is what gripes me.
Below is a picture of my fingernails after two coats of polish, and a coat of Sally Hansen "Hard as Nails" topcoat. That's 3 coats of polish.
Now here is a picture of my nails 6 hours later. Chipped off nail polish, and dry cuticles.
The beauty lasted less than 25% of 1 day.
It took me over an hour to beautify, and ten minutes to wreck them with the evening chores.
WHAT A WASTE OF TIME!!
To add insult to injury, I asked my husband if he "noticed" my hands today.
He said, "No. Why? What's wrong with them?"
My husband is the only person I'm trying to impress. If he doesn't even notice when I paint my fingernails, then why go through all of the stinkin' effort?
I'm going back to my old ways.
But I am going to continue the "Satin Hands" treatments. I've also got bag balm in the truck. One of them is bound to improve my chapped skin before winter sets in.
Resigned to be content with ugly hands,