DIY Cuticle Softener
DIY CUTICLE SOFTENER
Today, I want to share with you a simple recipe for nail and cuticle care. I have noticed that my hands were getting drier due to the cold and frequent washing to comply with the measures of hygiene and safety. For this reason, I decided to make a natural remedy to nourish and strengthen my nails and cuticles. This remedy is also ideal for nails damaged or weakened by nail art and due to repeat applications of nail polish. Since, I was asked to share also natural remedies with ingredients that can be easily found at home, in this post I will show you two recipes of low and medium difficulty. Ready? Let’s start making a DIY cuticle softener!
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DIY cuticle care | easy recipe
All we’ll need for this recipe is an oil. Jojoba oil would be the best in this case because it is light and easy to absorb, but if you don’t have it at home you can opt for sweet almond oil, or olive oil, or coconut oil. I am sure at least one of these oils will be in your pantry. Whichever oil you choose will be able to nourish and moisturize cuticles and nails.
To personalize the recipe, you can add a few drops of essential oil (max5 drops per 5mL(0.17Oz) of oil). Among my favorites there are:
- Tea tree (anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties)
- Lavender (relaxing properties as well as anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial)
- Lemon (antioxidant and antimicrobial)
If you don’t have essential oils, grate a little bit of lemon peel in the oil chosen to give it an amazing scent of fresh and natural. Apply the oil before you go to sleep and let it work all night long.
Note: Although lemon juice is widely used in DIY recipes, I would avoid it for DIY face recipes. Its pH is much more acidic than that of our face and could seriously damage it. Also, lemon juice contains vitamin C (ascorbic acid) which is photosensitive. This means that by coming into contact with the sun’s rays, they are able to modify the structure of Vitamin C causing potential damage such as redness, burns, itching, and permanent discoloration of the skin. We, therefore, avoid lemon juice or lemon essential oils in daily face DIY skin cream to avoid problems.
DIY cuticle care | intermediate recipe
For this recipe, we’ll need some extra wax and butter instead. Making it will be very easy and will only take a few minutes. To prepare it we will need:
- Shea butter
- Coconut oil
- Jojoba oil
- Tea tree oil
Shea butter is a substance rich in nutrients and vitamins that make it an excellent emollient, nourishing, and moisturizing. In the cream that we will prepare, it will help to nourish in-depth our hands giving them a velvety touch.
Coconut oil, on the other hand, has excellent antifungal as well as moisturizing properties. It will help us to nourish our hands, preventing injuries and cracks.
Jojoba oil has countless benefits. Jojoba oil will give our hands the elasticity and softness they need. You can replace it with olive oil or sweet almond oil.
With its emollient and protective properties, the beeswax will prevent our hands from dehydrating, creating a protective and waterproof layer.
Finally, the essential oil of tea tree will protect them thanks to its excellent antimicrobial properties
Let’s see in practice how to make our own homemade nail and cuticles cream.
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DIY cuticle care | procedure and use
For 50g (1.76Oz) of product we will need:
- 22.5g (0.79Oz) Shea butter
- 12.5g (0.44Oz) Coconut oil
- 10g (0.35Oz) Jojoba oil
- 5g (0.17Oz) Beeswax
- 10 drops tea tree oil
Weigh all the ingredients in a glass bowl and melt them in a bain-marie or microwave. The beeswax will need a few more minutes to dissolve completely. Let’s continue stirring gently until it has fully blended with the other ingredients.
At this point, remove from the heat and let our oil and butter mixture cool until it has solidified and matted. The timing of this step may vary depending on the cooling mode. From 10 minutes, if the mixture is cooled in the refrigerator, to about 30 minutes if left at room temperature. When it has solidified, here comes the fun part. With an immersion blender, let’s mix the mixture until it has a soft consistency.
Finally, let’s add the tee tree oil and mix it with the rest of the cream. Let’s transfer, with the help of a spatula, our moisturizing cream into a glass jar. Better if it is a recycled one. In this way we will give it a second life.
Now our cream is ready!
DIY cuticle care | Hint
The cream can be stored in a dry place for several months due to the absence of water inside. I recommend using it before going to sleep to ensure that your nails and cuticles are properly hydrated. It will be sufficient to apply only a small amount to give it a healthier and more nourished appearance.
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