The smallest annoyances are often the most irritating—just ask anyone who grew up with a younger sibling. This is especially true when to comes to beauty, where pesky little problems like hangnails or flyaways can escalate and eventually become the all-consuming bane of our existence (see: anyone who’s screamed, “I will ruin you!” to their dry elbows). But not to fear—we’ve got five easy solutions for the most annoying little beauty problems in your life. So step away from the nail scissors and scroll through!
Ugh, hangnails—so small, yet so deadly. As much as you might be tempted to pick or peel, the best solution is to kill them with kindness. Rub vitamin E oil into your cuticles and around any problem areas to keep them hydrated. The oil will absorb quickly (so don’t worry about sticky fingers), and will give a dose of moisture. Then, once the hangnail is softened, gently trim them with a cuticle scissor.
Winter means more hats, which means more flyways. You may have heard of the dry sheet trick, but let's be real: who really wants to rub a dryer shet over their head? Instead, spray a toothbrush with hairspray and lightly brush your strands into place. Or, if you’re on-the-go, opt for Kérastase’s Carre Lissant Sheets ($28)—they’re the chic older sister to your dryer sheets and will absorb grease, add polish, and leave a fragrant grapefruit-rose-patchouli scent behind. Score.
What’s worse than removing your prized navy blue polish and being left with stained digits? Few things. Brighten your nails and lighten stains by dipping your hands in a mixture of warm water and baking soda. You can use a toothbrush to scrub your nails for extra polishing.
We may envy those who are well en-browed, but a thick frame comes with its own set of issues: namely, rebelliousness. If your brows are sticking up all over the place and won’t behave, put them in their in place by dabbing your finger in your go-to lip balm, then smoothing them over your brows. Or, spray a spooly with hair spray, then brush them in place.
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It’s time to cut the ends off your socks, then slide them over your arms. Why? Because they’re the cure to your dry elbow problem. Before you go to sleep, slather on your favorite moisturizer (or Vaseline), then slide your DIY elbow-warmers over your arms. You’ll wake up with softer, smoother limbs, trust.
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