Learn how to Make Your Own Exfoliating Cuticle Oil!
If you continue reading this, you have to promise not to judge me on the state of my nails! I pretty much clip them every few weeks and call it good. My hands, fingers, nails and cuticles are useful, not pretty! I can’t tell you the last time I had a manicure.
One of the best resources I found was an article on Livestrong.com. It broke down the benefits of basic ingredients that you just might be able to find, if not in your kitchen at a local grocery or health good store. Here are some of the main highlights of the article:
Olive, avocado, coconut, walnut or any other cold-pressed plant-based oil: Seals in moisture. One of the basic and main ingredients in a cuticle product.
Glycerin: Acts as a humectant, which means it retains or preserves moisture.
Essential Oils: Some have healing qualities that can be very effective in combating the wear and tear of frequent hand washing, cold conditions or exposure to sun. Do research and see what oils would fit your specific conditions.
Aloe Vera: Soothes damaged skin and cuticles.
My main problem is extreme dryness in both my hands and cuticles. I feel like I need to slough off the dry skin and also moisturize the skin that hasn’t got the chance to be dry yet! So here they are, up close and in as much detail as I could capture:
After scouring my kitchen for the above ingredients, I came up with olive oil, aloe vera and glycerin. In my first batch, I used a teaspoon of olive oil and aloe vera and a half teaspoon of glycerin. To me, the combination wasn’t very moisturizing and it didn’t do a lot to do away with the dry skin.
After a bit more mixing, I tried the following with effects that could only be described as AMAZING!
Make Your Own Exfoliating Cuticle Oil
- 1 teaspoon Olive Oil
- 1 teaspoon Aloe Vera
- 1 teaspoon Salt
They feel so much better. Scrubbing my hands with this make your own exfoliating cuticle oil felt so relaxing and they were much softer afterward. And they look a little better too, right? After a few more treatments, I think they might feel and look a little less neglected!
It’s simple, yet just as good as the four jars of various scrubs (yes, I counted. I’m kind of a product junkie!) I have on my shelves! I would love for you to try it and let me know what you think!
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What other easy but great DIY beauty treatments have you tried?