You have a beautiful new nail polish. It’s the perfect color for your weekend festivities. But your nails need more attention than just polish. The layer of skin at the base of your nail is your cuticle and it appears to be chapped and dry. What should you do? You can spend money and buy high end cuticle ointment that will soothe the skin, or you can find an organic, homemade, less expensive alternative to those pricey oils. Choosing an alternative approach also rids your body of those harsh chemicals that can be found in commercialized cuticle oils. Luckily, making your own organic cuticle oil at home is pretty simple with this guide.
What are Cuticles?
Cuticles are the protector of the nail. It’s the place where your new nail begins to grow. Treating them with care can help your nails look healthier than ever. Finding the right remedy to show your cuticles some much needed attention is important. Essential organic oils can aid in helping any ailment you might be suffering from, including cuticles. This holistic approach to hydrating your cuticles can save you money and time. So, grab your bottle and start mixing!
The first item you’ll need in this process is a carrier oil. These oils “carry” the essential oils to your skin and are the base of almost every essential oil remedy. Popular carrier oils in making cuticle ointments are coconut oil, safflower oil, and almond oil, to name a few. You never want to put an essential oil directly onto your cuticle. Depending on the strength, it could cause a severe skin reaction ultimately making your appearance worse than when you started.
The next step in the process is finding the right essential oil blend. There are a multitude of options when it comes to experimenting with essential oils. A mixture of lavender, eucalyptus, and grapefruit essential oils can make the perfect concoction for combating dry and cracked cuticles. These three oils only need a few drops each (about 10) to get the job done. When combining the oils, drop them directly into the carrier oil of choice and give it a good shake before you are ready to use it.
Choosing a Bottle for Essential Oils
Another thing to remember when creating the best cuticle oil at home is to make sure that you have the proper bottle for your remedy. There are options that can be found online or in targeted stores. A roller bottle seems to work best for cuticle oils. You place all the ingredients into the bottle, give it a good shake, and then roll it onto your cuticle. Easy enough, right? You can also use a clean and empty nail polish bottle. Simply add up the ingredients and voila! You have an ointment you can paint on your cuticles after your manicure is dry.
Remember, when it comes to self care, you don’t have to break the bank. There are homemade options that can benefit you more than those expensive store options. This cuticle ointment is a primary example. Simply add a carrier oil and a few drops of essential organic cuticle oil and you’re ready for new and improved nails! So, what are you waiting for? Get mixing!