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Get Your Hands Diamond Ring Ready

Have you recently gotten engaged and you are dying to show off your ring? It's time to get your hands, not just your arms, in shape. Here are some tips:

  • The winter does a number on your hands - you're constantly washing them to prevent colds and flu, and the dry air can leave you skin and nails brittle and cracked. Find a moisturizing hand soap to use that'll kill the germs, but won't dry out your skin.
  • It may sound silly, but buy a hand salve like the one from Burt's Bees. Take all your rings off (I know you don't want to, but you don't want your beautiful ring getting all gunked up). Rub the salve all over your hands and cuticles after you get all tucked under the covers. Slip some old cotton socks on your hands, and let the natural oils nourish your hands while you sleep.
  • If you get a hang nail, cut it off with nail clippers. Biting it off might cause it to bleed, which won't look very pretty next to your sparkly ring.
  • On a similar note, if one of your nails gets a little break, even it off with nail clippers and a nail file - they're more precise than your teeth.
  • If you were stressed because you were nervous about when your significant other was going to propose, your nails may have suffered the consequences. Nail biting is common, but now that you are engaged, it has to stop so you won't be embarrassed to show off your ring.

If nail biting is a hard habit to break for you, then

Nail biting can be a way to deal with stress, so find a healthier way to cope. Get a massage, make some soothing Chamomile tea, take a hot bath, exercise, take a walk, take a yoga class, or meditate. Do what you need to relax your thoughts so you'll be less likely to nibble.

This may sound extreme, but you may want to purchase something like Control-it. It's a cream made with cayenne pepper so if you bite your nails, it bites you back. It also contains aloe vera, sunflower oil, Omega-3 extract, and vitamins A and E to nourish your nails and cuticles. It even works for deterring little ones to stop sucking their thumbs.

Fit's Tips: Since you're engaged now, why not celebrate with a manicure? It's a great way to relax plus they'll trim down your cuticles and get rid of hang nails (which are one thing nail biters love to bite). Chances are, if you spent all that money to get your nails looking fabulous, you'll be less likely to ruin them with your choppers.


JKe895 JKe895 10 years
A buddy of mine made me get into the habit of manicures so I would quit biting my nails. Since there is a light coat of polish and they look all shapen and pretty I don't want to mess them up anymore. Before though it was on like Donkey Kong!
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
This is going to sound like a horrible commercial....just a warning. But! I bit my nails ever since I could remember. When I was 18 (OMG, seven years ago), we went to the comedy club to see The Incredible Boris...a hypnotist. My friend bought his CD. About a year later, I started listening to it while I fell asleep and he tells you while you're all relaxed and "under" or whatever to pick a habit you want to quit...I must have picked biting my nails because one day I just realized that I hadn't bit them in some time. It took a really long time for them to get middle and ring finger's nails are still damaged. I would suggest keeping them short and fortifying them. I'm going to look for that Neutrogena stuff, econinsf!
MuppetsForDinner MuppetsForDinner 10 years
I have used No Bite nail polish before (clear liqiuid), but I like that this is a lotion. The only thing I don't like is the price-- $34 for 21 days! No Bite was $8.
XDeexDeeX XDeexDeeX 10 years
I need to by some of that bad tasting stuff. When I get older and still have that habit I don't want my boyfriend to not want to kiss me because my fingers have been in my mouth!
joyofadventure joyofadventure 10 years
i have a serious nail biting problem, i cant help it!
econinsf econinsf 10 years
I chewed my nails for years. I traded the obsession of biting them for the obsession of taking care of them. I carry "nail kits" everywhere! Each kit has a file, cuticle nippers, and a clear nail fortifier like NailTek. Whenever the urge strikes I pull out my kit and file or put a new coat of polish on. I recently started using the Neutrogena Instant Nail Enhancer which comes in a pretty pearl sheen. You can put as many coats as you want on and it just wears off without needing nail polish remover. It also comes in a really easy to use container that is like a pen. The first thing everyone asks you when you get engaged is "can I see the ring?", so you don't want your nails looking awful.
Moni-B Moni-B 10 years
I used to put on this clear nail polish that tasted HORRIBLE if you bit your nails. The only way to get the taste out was to eat bread. It was such a horrible experience that I used nail polish remover to take it off. ~M~
t0xxic t0xxic 10 years
I need to find ring Finger exercises. Ive had my ring forever now and my finger got fat ha
SeptemberLights SeptemberLights 10 years
My boyfriend hates it when i bite my nails! Now if only i had a ring then i would have a reason to stop chewing!
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