What is Cuticle Oil??? How do you use it and what are the benefits?
I will be honest, I have not always taken the greatest care of my nails. Especially my cuticles! Just ask my nail gal Katie.
She has seen my nails at their absolute worst. My nails always become an after thought.
However, our nail health is just as important as the other parts on our bodies.
WHAT IS CUTICLE OIL?
Cuticle oil is an oil product that is used to moisturize the strengthen the nails and the cuticles ( the small region of thickened skin at the base of a nail ). Cuticle oils are used at the end of a manicure session. They help to deal with numerous common nail problems like cracked nails, excess cuticle, dryness, fungal infections and even ingrown nail.
Although this oil is named cuticle oil, it is helpful for overall nail care. The main task of a cuticle oil is to moisturize the nail and keep it soft. Many times we find that our nails become hard, brittle and unmanageable. In that case, it is not easy to cut them, or apply nail polish. Brittle and weak nails may also pose problems like working and even lead to scratches on skin just simply by touching. Cuticle oil is made from select natural oils which are powerful emollients ( moisturizers ).
HOW DO I USE IT?
The procedure to apply cuticle oil is simple. First make the nails ready for the application by soaking them in warm water for about 5 minutes. One can add a bit of lemon juice if the nail have become brittle.
Take cuticle oil on a cotton ball. Apply it on the nails, around the nail skin and near the cuticles. Gently massage the oil into the nail for about 4 – 5 minutes.
Wait for about 5 – 10 minutes for the oil nutrients to percolate into the skin.
Wipe off the nail with a cotton ball again. Try to remove excess cuticle skin using just the cotton ball.
If the excess cuticle skin is not getting removed by the cotton ball, you may need a cuticle pusher. Do not cut off the cuticle completely. This piece of skin is very important as it prevents the nail bed from infections.
For maximum cuticle health benefits, rub oil into your cuticles daily.
Besides improving the appearance of nails, cuticle oil is used for complete nail care.
Nail psoriasis – If there is psoriasis on the nail, prepare cuticle oil with coconut oil and aloe vera in it. At the end of the process, use witch hazel to cleanse the nails.
Weak nails – Use sulphur rich horsetail root to strengthen weak nails.
Painful nails – Use wintergreen essential oil or clove essential oil in a base oil to numb the pain.
Swollen nail and inflamed skin around the nails – Use aloe vera gel in a base of beeswax and olive oil.
Ridges and splitting – These common nail conditions disappear in a few days by regular treatment with a cuticle oil. If it doesn’t, then it may be a sign of vitamin deficiency or some internal condition.
Natures Bath & Body offers 3 options for you!
We have an All-Natural Sweet Orange, All-Natural Tea Tree, and an All-Natural Unscented Cuticle Oil which is packaged in a glass dropper bottle for easy application.
Each bottle cost $6.99 and should last you quite a while.
Ingredients: Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E, Avocado Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, and Essential Oil.
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Also, a shout out to Katie White! She is the magician that helped transform my nails for this photo.