Monday, September 16, 2013

Be Kind to Your Cuticles...

...You're all they have, and they love you so! 

My last post -- and some great comments -- got me thinking. Why don't I take care of my cuticles? I can walk two blocks to the nearest drugstore -- and there are probably another five drugstores within four blocks -- and get a hundred nail care products, ranging from just a few dollars to truly ridiculous prices. I can just put on some hand cream every night, or just a dab of olive oil when I'm in the kitchen. This won't cost much more than a few cents and it will take about five minutes at most.

I'm lax about hand cream -- though there's a big bottle I keep at the computer so that I can keep my hands in better condition. I'm not much better with facial products. I was thrilled to get a wonderful exfoliating product at BlogHer and how many times have I used it? Once, only once. It is in two parts and takes about ten minutes to do a treatment, but I certainly have ten minutes. I've kept up with icing my foot and my panoply of eye drops and I'm doing exactly what I should be doing with my boot and compression tape, but the little things that are kindnesses to myself don't keep up with.

I often write to friends and end with the phrase, "Take good care of yourself," but lately I'm not taking especially good care of myself. I'm not terrible, and it's probably nothing most people would notice. I keep up with haircuts and sunscreen and pedicures, but not so many other things. I've got no complicated psychological thoughts on this, other than I've fallen out of the habit and didn't even realize it. It's time to get back in the habit. Tonight, while I ice my foot I'm going to use some of the lovely hand treatment I was given as a retirement gift, and tomorrow I will pamper my face with an exfoliating treatment. I'm going to make sure that I really take good care of myself. After all, the feeling is mutual, cuticles. I love you  too!

My thoughts and prayers are in Colorado and Washington, D.C. tonight. Heartbreak and more heartbreak.

As always, thanks for visiting and take good care of yourself! 


Susie said...

Buttercup, If only we would take care of ourselves...I seem to always put myself last. Now that I am older, I have to start doing better.
My heart hurts for everyone who lost a loved one due to the shooting and the floods. America , we will have to reach out and help those in need. xoxo, Susie


I always put myself last too. I agree you should put yourself first some of the time.

Mevely317 said...

Like Susie said, it seems I'm always putting myself last ... crazy, eh? I wonder, is that's a female thing?

Great share, as always ... but now, I've Old Blue Eyes crooning in my right ear, "Take good care of yourself ... you belong to me!"

Sweet dreams and hugs from Phoenix,

Grammy Staffy said...

Yes lets do take better care of ourselves. I think you have a great idea. Have a nice pampering day tomorrow. Hugs, Lura

BJ PUP said...

I get lazy about giving myself a mani-pedi. I have the time, it's just I find myself doing other things.

I've turned over a new leaf in the past few months. i have a mani-pedi in the nail salon. I only need the pedi once a month so I time it with my hair color. i get a mani in between.

I feel so wonderful - my roots are done. my nails are done. (A facial is another story, but first things first.)

Be well.

Lynn said...

sometime the little details tend our souls the most...;-)

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

They say that if you aren't good to yourself then you can't be good for others...Meaning take care of yourself. I'm like you and do take care of the big things but cuticles are not one of mine either.

Nellie said...

My hands are really about the last thing I think about pampering. My feet are the last thing - except for trying to wear comfortable shoes.

Prayers for comfort to all those affected by the flooding in Colorado and the tragedy in Washington, DC.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

I do take care of the necessary things, but am lax on those things that are "just nice things". I think it is a routine thing, and I have been getting out of routines since I retired.

Daphne Bryson said...

Good Afternoon Carol, This made me think.... I am terrible as I do not go for mani or pedicures. I clip my nails then file them to keep them short. I don't push back my cuticles anymore. It isn't that I don't care about myself, because I do, but I love to garden and who wants to garden, when they have beautifully painted nails. Now having said that, what is the excuse for not having a pedicure.... mmm... I can't think of one. Although in my defence, I do have handcream stationed at every sink in the house, which I sometimes use. Do you know my mother, who is 83 years, used the handcream more than I did, when she visited. OK, I need to rethink this, maybe I should look after my cuticles.... I will try, I promise!
Best Wishes to you,