Easy DIY nail and cuticle oil recipe
When it is cold my cuticles get dry and the temptation to pick them is tremendous.
I have always cared for my hands and nails. I have fond memories of ‘doing my nails’ with my grandmother. We’d have a happy time filing our nails, pushing back the cuticles and rubbing nourishing oils into them. Granny used to say: “Care for your hands and nails as it’s the easiest way of looking old if you don’t!”
Create an at-home spa manicure treatment.
First I soak my hands in a bowl of warm water with a drop of olive oil or apricot seed oil. Then I use a little wooden cuticle stick to push back my cuticles – I never cut them!
I rarely wear polish mainly as there are numerous toxic chemicals in polish including formaldehyde, and phthalates – which are thought to be hormone disruptors – and none of us need any more of those in our life.
I make my own DIY nail oil, it’s an inexpensive way to care for your nails with locally bought ingredients from your local health food shop.
The key with any nail oil is simple:
it will not work sitting on your dressing table or night stand, you actually have to apply an oil and massage it into your hands and nails for it to work!
Nail care techniques:
If you are anything like me you have bought fabulous products that you vow you’ll use and then they gather dust on your dressing table, or maybe that is just me?
When filing the nails go in one direction rather than sawing back and forth.
I read in a reflexology book that rubbing the backs of your nails back and forth stimulates nail growth, who knows if it really does but it keeps me warm whilst waiting for the bus!
Daily exercise for healthy nails
Daily exercise is important for healthy nails, and a healthy body for that matter. It is so easy to enjoy a long walk when it’s gloriously sunny like it has been recently.
Eating well also benefits the nails so a balanced diet with a wide variety of foods is essential.
If you are sitting indulging in a TV extravaganza why not massage some nail oil into your hands and cuticles.
For a rich overnight treatment combine a little nail oil with a dab of shea butter and rub it into the cuticles and hands. Don’t then go and read a library book as shea butter is greasy!
Caring for your body need not involve fabulously expensive products, like many things in life simplicity often wins.
DIY Nail and Cuticle Oil Recipe.
50ml dropper bottle
40mls jojoba oil, apricot kernel oil or sunflower oil
5 drops lemon essential oil, optional
2 vitamin E capsule contents or a teaspoon of vitamin E oil. If you wish to ward off fungal infections add a few drops of neem oil.
Put the ingredients in the bottle, put the lid on and give a good shake.
Rub the oil into your nails morning and night, and ideally after washing your hands.
I have added in a little castor oil, ten drops of so to really give my nails a boost, it does make the oil a little stickier but I like that as it seems to stay on the hands more easily.
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