After this long, rough winter many of us are experiencing hands and nails that have taken a pretty solid beating. Hands are dry and cracked, while cuticles and nails really aren’t out of the woods either. Between household chores like dishes and laundry and washing hands numerous times throughout the day, there’s no doubt that your cuticles might need a little TLC. If you haven’t found that secret potion, the perfect moisturizer to get your cuticles back to their lovely and soft place, how about trying some natural alternatives for cuticle oil? You never know, it just might do the trick. Never tried cuticle oil before? Keep reading for some great ideas.
4 Natural Alternatives for Cuticle Oil
- Coconut Oil – Everyone has been singing the praises and magical powers of coconut oil for quite some time now, so how about giving it a try? It works great as an allover moisturizer and will do wonders for dry cuticles. Just rub a little bit between your fingers to warm it up and massage it directly onto your cuticles. Try this right before bed so that your hands have a chance to soak it all in.
- Combo Olive Oil and Coconut Oil – For the ultimate in moisturizer, try combining about three tablespoons of olive oil with a tablespoon of coconut oil (you may have to heat it briefly in the microwave to soften it up). Mix it up and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil – lavender or eucalyptus both smell great. Apply directly to your cuticles and gently massage.
- Brush On Cuticle Oil – Using an old (empty and clean) nail polish container, add a cold-pressed oil – vegetable oil, olive oil or almond oil works great. Add a few drops of essential oil like tea tree or sandalwood and gently brush on cuticles. You can do this as often as you like until your cuticles are soft and moisturized.
- Beeswax Cuticle Treatment – For a homemade cuticle cream that will last a while and do the trick, combine 1 tablespoon beeswax, 1 tablespoon Shea butter, your favorite essential oil and a few drops of vitamin E oil. In a double boiler (or just by placing a jar in boiling water) heat up the ingredients until they are soft even to stir. Mix them up and let the cream come to a soft, room temp. Apply directly to cuticles just like moisturizer!
Have you ever tried making your own cuticle treatment? Got any tips to share?