Our air is so dry here our pottery will be too dry to trim within hours. So that combined with the clay drying out our hands we keep bottles of lotions right at our sinks. I'm going to look for the Burt's bees lotion.
I find throwing with long nails is just something you adapt to. I probably use my mud sponge to throw more then others but it works for me. Right now they are deep purple color . ( I know you guys are shaking your heads,,,,lol )