Many factors affect the health and appearance of our nails and cuticles. Cold weather, repeated hand washing, and exposure to detergents and household cleaners can cause drier, more rigid nails that can crack easily, as well as rough ragged cuticles that are visibly starving for moisture. During cold weather especially, nails and cuticles become dehydrated, resulting in peeling and splitting as well as frayed edges. Nails are also more susceptible to fungal and bacterial infections during the winter months.
While battling dry skin, people often turn to lotions and creams that moisturize the surface of the skin, yet fail to properly absorb, thus providing only temporary relief. Creams and lotions typically include alcohol, which is a drying agent, and many synthetic ingredients to enhance color, texture and scent but unfortunately cause more harm than good.
Oils for healthy cuticles
The easiest way to soften the cuticles is to soak your hands and/or feet in warm lemon water for a few minutes, then apply a healing and moisturizing oil to the cuticles and massage gently. Repeat often to keep your cuticles healthy and hydrated. Our top picks for cuticle oils are Jojoba and Sesame Seed Oils. Add in a few drops of Lavender essential oil for an even better treatment.
- JOJOBA OIL
Jojoba oil is one of the best oils to treat and soften dry cuticles. A seed-based oil with small molecules (similar to human sebum, our skin’s naturally occurring oil), it easily absorbs into the skin for intensive hydration and natural moisture. Rich in vitamins E and B, Jojoba helps to repair damaged collagen inside nail beds, improving strength and promoting healthy nail growth. It also aids in the absorption of other ingredients, making it an excellent carrier oil for nail care products.
- SESAME OIL
Sesame seed oil is ultra-moisturizing and deeply hydrating for the cuticles in order to keep the nails healthy. This mineral rich oil coats the skin with high levels of minerals and fatty acids that act as a barrier, to protect it from damage. It is also naturally anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, making it a great nail treatment during the winter months when nails are more susceptible to infections.
- LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL
A versatile essential oil with many benefits, Lavender helps to strengthen the nails and cuticles and keeps them both moisturized. It is deeply hydrating and soothing, which makes it an excellent choice for dry, ragged, or inflamed cuticles.