Many people underestimate the power of nourishing their cuticles. For those who don’t know what cuticle is, those are the tiny skin pieces located at the bottom of our nails. Their function is to keep our nails healthy-growing and prevent the development of bacteria and infections in that process.
Unfortunately, very often, those tiny skin layers cause us problems: They may get infected, red, itchy, or become very hard and scratchy. What is more, cuticle damage may result in changes in nail texture, color, and strength, and may even cause the nail to fall out of its plate.
The risk of such issues increases, especially when the cuticles are trimmed (which is often done in nail salons). As the cuticle acts like a protective “belt,” when it’s missing, the nails are very vulnerable to external damage factors, such as microorganisms, bacteria, as well as irritators like cleaning products, soaps, cosmetics, acids, etc.
However, no matter if we suffer from damaged cuticles conditions, or we have them healthy at the moment, it’s important to nourish and take care of them on a daily basis. And the ultimate, most efficient way to maintain their health is to use oil treatment.
Nowadays, there are plenty of cuticle oils on the market, each promising one thing: Soft, well moisturized and nourished cuticles. But those artificial oils contain “God knows what” ingredients, and are usually pretty pricey.
But you have an option! There are natural base and essential oils, which offer more effective cuticle care than synthetic ones AND are budget-friendly!
Below, you will find the top 10 natural cuticle oils: you can use only one, or make your own mix! It’s up to you!
We start with the most popular oil used for cuticles: jojoba. It has extremely powerful healing properties and is absorbed very quickly by the skin. The fatty acids profile of this oil is very similar to the one of our sebum, thus, the skin “accepts” it very easily and allows its fast penetration in the deep skin layers.
Besides, this oil is very rich in vitamin E, so when you use it, it has a double effect: First, it moisturizes and boosts the repairing properties of the skin. Second, it makes the skin supple and strengthens its protective barrier to reduce the risk of external damage.
The primary function of this oil is to soften and nourish dry and cracked skin. It naturally contains vitamins A, E, B1, B2, and B6. This way, it helps the nails to become stronger, more flexible, and less brittle and cracking.
This is an excellent option when you don’t have any other oil on hand, as it’s usually present in every kitchen. The high concentration of fatty acids (omega 3 and 6) helps the oil to penetrate deep into the skin and soften it effectively.
The coconut oil is good not only for cuticles but for the nails themselves. It moisturizes them in-depth and helps them to heal and recover faster from damage. This oil is absorbed a bit more difficult than the other ones, because of its consistency and thickness, yet it has an amazing nourishing effect.
Lavender essential oil is the answer to cuticle irritations, redness, infections, and soreness. It has an antiseptic effect and, at the same time, calms the skin down and deeply nourishes it.
The uniqueness of this oil is its ability to also treat nail yeast infections. Besides, similarly to the lavender oil, the black cumin oil helps to prevent and stop cuticle irritations and bacterial inflammations, leaving the skin and nails well moisturized, strengthened, and protected from further external damage.
If your nails are “oily” and your manicure hardly lasts a week, grapeseed oil will become your best friend. It not only nourishes and strengthens the cuticles due to its vitamin C, D, and E content but also penetrates deep into the skin to balance the production of oil around the nail. Along with that, it’s odorless and quickly absorbing.
Myrrh oil is an excellent cure for bleeding and sore cuticles. It strengthens the skin cells around the nails and boosts the healing process to recover the damaged or missing skin cells. What is more, this oil is great for promoting nail growth. It leaves the nails strong, nourished, and boosts their recovery.
Carrot seed oil
This oil is rich in carotene and vitamins A and E. It restores the moisture of the cuticles and nails in-depth and makes them healthy, hydrated, and more protected from external damage.
Cypress oil boosts the healing process of infected and sore cuticles and makes them soft and nourished to promote healthy nail growth.