My hands are always dry. My nails are always cracked, and my cuticles always in not-so-hot shape.
I came across cuticle oil at the store, and thought it the perfect remedy!
Of course, I had to find a way to make it myself and share with you.
It's really easy; and, it's customizable to make exactly how you want it.
This recipe makes about 1.5 teaspoons of cuticle oil. You really only want to make this much at a time, so that it's fresh. If you run out, just make more!
Step 1: Gather materials. Needed is some oil (olive oil works just fine. I didn't need any fancy oil like apricot, jojoba or any of those, but if you happen to have these you can use them. DO NOT use corn, canola, vegetable etc.), a small airtight cosmetic jar to store, scissors, measuring spoons, one flax oil capsule (or if you have Vitamin E capsules you can use them), and an essential oil of your choice.
Step 2: Cut open the flax capsule or vitamin E capsule. Squish oil into your washed and dried cosmetic jar. Next, measure about 1.25 teaspoons of olive oil, and add to jar.
Step 3: Add some drops of your essential oil. I used rosewater, and I used 5 drops. All oils are different, some more potent than others, so use your judgement. Some other good ones to use are sandalwood or lavender. If you want, you can make a label and add it to your cosmetics jar. Screw on the lid, and store your oil in a cool, dark place.
As you can see, my nail is in BAD shape. With a combination of my cuticle oil and a nail strengthener polish, I got it back to normal within a week.
First, take some (like a drop) of cuticle oil and rub on both the nail and cuticle around your nail.
Rub in good so the skin absorbs it.
You can use a cuticle pusher to fix the cuticle line and push back to make a more even nail bed. DO NOT push too hard, or you'll aggravate your skin. You can apply another small amount of oil and rub in on the cuticle again if needed.
Next, paint on one coat of nail strengthener polish. Let dry.
Repeat daily. The second to last picture is after my cuticle treatment and polish on day one.
The second picture is after about 6 days.
My cuticles are much softer, and my chipped nails are fixed!
Much better than paying exorbitant amounts of cash at the salon!
All photos and instructions copyright Allison Cooling for Quiet Lion Creations.
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