If you have hands, then you need cuticle oil. If you have feet you need cuticle oil.
What are cuticles?
On your nails, the cuticles are the skin that attaches to the base of your nail. It protects you from getting an infection in the nail bed. It is very important to care for these properly, which is where cuticle oil comes in.
What does cuticle oil do?
This is a question I asked myself. My own nails took a beating after doing lots of swatches of the various nail colors I own. Time after time of using nail polish remover on my hands left them dry, and the skin around my nails was especially dry and peely. I needed something to get my hands looking good again. I had heard of cuticle oil before, but dismissed it as a gimmick. I figured if I just used lotion on my hands that it would be enough to get my hands in good condition, and that it would be enough to maintain that level of moisture throughout the winter months. I was wrong.
After a couple of weeks I noticed my cuticles still needed some more moisture. The rest of my hands were doing alright, but my cuticles hadn’t really changed much. So I decided to look up information on manicures, since I figured I would give myself one to really help boost my skin’s health. Cuticle oil was mentioned a lot, so I finally caved and decided my cuticles need oiling.
Cuticle oil offers much more moisture to your skin than lotion alone. You need very little, and you simply massage it gently on your cuticles until it is absorbed. You only need to do this as often as is necessary for you. For me, once per day (right before bed) is what I need to keep my cuticle area looking healthy and moisturized.
What type of cuticle oil to get?
There are many types of cuticle oils on the market. You can find them everywhere, from the grocery store to the drugstore to the beauty supply store. You can also use some of the regular oils that may very well be in your beauty stash or kitchen already. Some people prefer to use cuticle oil that you buy in the nail care section of the store. These come in bottle just like nail polish. You use the brush to lightly apply cuticle oil, and then you gently massage it in. These are very easy and convenient to use, though in the long run you are paying much more for oil than you would if you used a regular oil.
If you do choose to use an oil you already have, make sure to pick one that is noncomedogenic. You don’t want to accidentally touch your face, and then get a breakout from the product on your hand. Jojoba oil will work as a cuticle oil, and it is noncomedogenic. It is also great on skin and hair, and is one of those oils that many people already own. Olive oil is another great choice, and you probably already have it in your kitchen for cooking. Simply get a drop on the end of your finger, and then just touch each cuticle to apply it to all fingers, and then massage it in. Voila! Healthy cuticles.
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