As someone who has a revolting habit of pulling and biting her cuticles, I really have to put in some extra effort in trying to make my fingers look less Frankenstein-like. There are lots of great cuticle oils out there, but I love this homemade version I discovered on the web.
INGREDIENTS YOU WILL NEED?
Vitamin E oil
HOW TO MAKE?
Take an old nail polish bottle. You will need to fill the bottle with nail polish remover and then re-screw on the cap with the polish brush. Shake and clean about 3 to 5 times. Alternatively, reuse* a dropper bottle (a lot less effort to clean).
Fill half of the remaining container with Olive Oil.
Fill the remaining half of the container with Castor oil,
Add contents of one 400mg Vitamin E capsule into the container (or if you buy a bigger bottle of Vitamin E oil, use 400mg/0.08 of a tsp). So without being too prescriptive, ensure that the half and half mixes are a little less than half to leave room for the Vitamin E.
HOW TO USE?
Depending on how dire your cuticle and nail situation is, minimum use is 3 times a week. But if your cuticle situation is a drama like mine, I would recommend using this every night.
Rub onto your cuticles and leave on for at least 15 mins. For best results, put on your cuticles before going to sleep and leave to soak while you dream of happy and shiny nails.
BENEFITS OF THE INGREDIENTS?
Olive oil was the very first oil used in beauty treatments by the Ancient Greeks and Egyptians (specifically for body massage) and is mankind's original skin soother. It is a great source of Vitamin E and is soothing on sore and inflamed skin (much like my poor attacked cuticles). It penetrates deep into the skin and nails to help repair damage and soften cuticles.
The anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties of Castor oil help to reduce impurities and protect from infection.
Vitamin E oil
Vitamin E is a gem! It contains antioxidants which protect your skin from ageing. It can also help diminish the yellow tint that forms on some people's nails. It also strengthens and heals brittle and dry nails.
Really hope you found this article helpful? Not only is this DIY recipe more effective (in my experience), but it's also more cost-effective. I also find by making your own products, you know for 100% what you are putting on your skin (no added sh*t). *Also by reusing an old nail polish bottle or a dropper bottle, you are doing your tiny bit to help the environment. ALWAYS keep old containers, they will come in handy I assure you.
So here's to beautiful nails! Please don't hesitate to comment or email me with any questions. Don't forget to subscribe to my blog.
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