How to DIY a Quick and Easy Cuticle Cream

Vanessa Dixon
by Vanessa Dixon
12 Materials
15 Minutes

Let’s make a DIY cuticle cream to help promote stronger, healthier nails.

Healthy nails are more important than one might expect. Almost any nutritional deficiency will affect the nails in some way.

Scientists can detect things like heavy levels of cortisol and even diseases like diabetes and hypothyroidism by looking at a person’s fingernails.

Nails absorb whatever is on them, so using toxic nail polish can cause the top layer of the nail to dry up.

This leaves the nails vulnerable to bacteria, mold, and yeast under the fingernails.

Tools and materials:

  • Saucepan
  • Heat-proof glass bowl
  • Almond/coconut oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • Shea butter
  • Beeswax
  • Vitamin E oil
  • Lavender essential oil 
  • Lemon essential oil
  • Myrrh essential oil
  • Tea tree essential oil 
  • Small container
Making the cream

1. Making the cream

Start by filling a saucepan halfway with water.

Bring the water to a boil and perch a heat-proof glass bowl on top of the saucepan to make a double boiler.

Making the cream

In the bowl, combine ½ teaspoon of almond or coconut oil, with ¼ teaspoon of jojoba oil.

Add 1.5 tablespoons of shea butter and 1 tablespoon of beeswax.

Stir occasionally until the wax has completely melted.

Making the cream

Remove the bowl from the heat and add 5 drops of vitamin E oil, 8 drops of lavender essential oil, 5 drops of lemon essential oil, 2 drops of myrrh essential oil, and 3 drops of tea tree essential oil.

Making the cream

Stir to combine the ingredients and immediately transfer the mixture to a smaller container before it hardens.

Once it is transferred, leave it to cool at room temperature until it is firm.

Using DIY cuticle cream

2. Use

To use this nail cream, massage a pea-sized amount of the ointment into the nails, cuticles, and skin surrounding the nails.

It can be applied over polish, or directly onto bare nails. A little of the cream goes a long way.

Vitamin E oil

3. How it works

One of the most common causes of yellow nails is fungal infections.

Essential oils like patchouli, geranium, orange, and peppermint have been found to work well in fighting bacteria and fungi.

Lavender and tea tree oil contain strong antibacterial and antifungal properties.

Protein is a necessary nutrient for nails as they are made up of keratin.

Another essential nutrient nails need is zinc. White marks on nails can be a sign of a zinc deficiency. Iron, collagen, biotin, as well as other B vitamins like silica, vitamin C, magnesium, and omega 3.

Calcium paired with vitamin K and vitamin A are other necessary nutrients for nails.

4. Additional nail care tips

To protect your nails, use a homemade hand sanitizer instead of an alcohol-based store-bought one.

Use a nail file to trim your nails instead of a clipper as it is gentler. Avoid wearing artificial nails to let the nail bed receive airflow.

You should also avoid wearing nail polish for long periods of time for the same reason.

When you do wear nail polish, make sure it’s a non-toxic polish. Use a remover that does not contain acetone.

Nails before

Nails after

Nails after

Using DIY cuticle cream

I hope this tutorial gave you a better understanding of how to properly care for your nails. This all-natural DIY treatment is incredibly effective.

Make some for yourself and give it a try. Don’t forget to leave me a comment to let me know what you think.

Next, learn How to Make Luxurious Whipped Shea Body Butter.

Suggested materials:
  • Saucepan
  • Heat-proof glass bowl
  • Almond/coconut oil
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