Photo by Kimberly Davis
Taking good care of your hands and nails is an important, but often overlooked part of an overall beauty routine. Besides keeping your hands well-moisturized and safe from harsh detergents and extreme temperatures, it helps to keep your fingernails nicely manicured. Your cuticles, the thin layers of skin at the base of your fingernails, can be damaged easily by everyday abuse. When they are kept neat and well moisturized they are less likely to be cracked, snagged, or torn. Keeping the skin intact reduces the risk of infection, inhibits the growth of calluses, and can discourage the buildup of dead skin. This simple cuticle oil is excellent for softening hard cuticles before and after a manicure. After tackling your cuticles, your nails can be filed and buffed for a totally natural look that compliments both women and men.
- 2 tablespoons avocado oil
- 18 drops niaouli essential oil
Combine the avocado and essential oils in a 1-ounce dropper bottle and shake well.
How to Use
Before starting your manicure, it’s good practice to sterilize any of your reusable tools. Drop your nail clippers, cuticle scissors, and stainless steel cuticle stick into boiling water for a few minutes before use to kill any germs that may be lurking on them. Use a heat-proof pair of tongs to remove the sterilized equipment, and be careful not to burn yourself.
Apply one drop of cuticle oil to the base of each fingernail. Rub the oil into the cuticle, then let them sit for two to three minutes. Use a cuticle stick to push the cuticles down from the fingernail, then use cuticle scissors or clippers to carefully trim away any excess dead skin. Be careful not to trim into the healthy cuticle or the skin around your fingernails. If you see redness or blood (or if you are experiencing any pain) you have gone too far! Finish by applying another drop of oil to each fingernail and massaging it in.
More from The Natural Beauty Solution:
Cover courtesy Spring House Press
Excerpted from The Natural Beauty Solution: Break Free from Commercial Beauty Products Using Simple Recipes and Natural Ingredients by Mary Helen Leonard published by Spring House Press, 2015.