When it comes to strong and thick nails you, want them to not only look good but feel good too. Every woman knows that having fancy gel nails increases our confidence. That’s why we tend to feel bad about ourselves when we have poor looking nails. When your hands are being exposed to chemicals while washing dishes or dry winter weather, it can cause nails to become brittle and thin. Essential oils can aid in strengthening your nails and helping them return to their original, healthy condition. It is easy to get lost in your busy life and end up neglecting your fingernails. You might visit your local blow wave bar every week – but how often do you go for a manicure? Even if you are a biter or just simply ignore your nails, then it can do your nails some good to start a beauty routine and add some essential oils.
There are several ways that you can use essential oils in order to make your nails stronger and thicker. There are even some easy and simple recipes that you can try that are great for hydrating the hands and nourishing the nails.
Best Essential Oils for Nails
The best types of essential oils for your nails and hands are Carrot seed, Lavender, Lemon, Myrrh, Rosemary, Grapefruit, Roman chamomile, Balsam of Peru. The best oils to use for carrier oils are Borage, Grapeseed, Almond, Jojoba, Apricot Kernel and Avocado.
The best oil overall for your nails is Myrrh. You just need to massage two drops into your cuticles and nails a few times a week. You shouldn’t do this anymore than a few times a week as it can turn your nails yellow. Ensure you don’t use your nails as tools. People have been known to use their nails for things like undoing a screw, but that’s never a good idea.
It is a good idea, however, to keep some good quality moisturiser in your home. Keep it by the sink and use it after you have washed the dishes or after you have been cleaning. If you are using harsh chemicals, ensure that you wear gloves in order to protect your nails and cuticles. Gloves are also important to be wearing when you are outside gardening. There are several types available like nitrile or latex and fabric gloves. When it comes to your cuticles never cut them. You can gently push them back when you are washing your hands. They work well to keep the bacteria out and when you cut them, they are opened up and are at risk of developing an infection.
Your nails are quite porous, and we often get busy and forget to keep our nails hydrated. Ensure you are drinking plenty of water and using moisturisers. Using paraffin wax treatments are a good idea to soften and moisturise your cuticles and nails. The wax is often mixed with different oils and natural substances like Aloe.
The application is the key
No matter what type of oil you are going with, how you apply it is very important. Massage a few drops into your cuticles in an upward direction over the whole surface of the nail. You should apply the oil to the cuticle as well as the nail. This will aid in new growth underneath. If you have the time you can soak your nails for 15 minutes a day then apply the oil over the nails and cuticles.
Results Aren’t Immediate
Your nails may feel better and you will eventually see new growth, but you need to know it will take time and the results will vary between each person. It can take a few months of sticking to a regular routine in order to see results.