Nail Care: Cuticle Oil!
Hey guys! So some of you reading may or may not know that I am a licensed manicurist here in CA. For some reason, I've always had an obsession with having nice nails. If I accidentally chip or break a nail, or they start getting a little too long, it drives me NUTS.
People ask me all the time if I am wearing acrylic nails, and my answer is always no. Believe it or not, I have never in my life worn acrylics or press ons. So how do I keep my nails looking so beautiful and healthy? Cuticle oil!
Ok, so what is cuticle oil? Basically, it's like lotion for your nails, but better and more concentrated. Cuticle oil can be comprised of a lot of things, such as vitamin E oil, jojoba oil, grape seed, coconut...all that good stuff that we love.
Why do we need cuticle oil? Because our cuticles act as a barrier to our skin. They protect us from bacteria and debris. When our cuticles get dry and flaky, they open up and therefore can't do the job they are supposed to do. Sooo, it is very important that we keep our cuticles moisturized, just like we do for our hair and skin.
How do I use cuticle oil? The oil application varies based on the product you use. Some come with a brush or drop applicator, others you may have to use a cotton ball. All you have to do is brush a little bit of oil on your cuticles and massage it in to your fingers and hands. A little bit goes a long way!
When should I apply cuticle oil? I prefer to apply mine right before bed because I won't be using or washing my hands after that. You want to make sure you allow enough time for the oil to soak in. If you wash your hands too soon after application, you lose a lot of the moisturizing benefits of the cuticle oil.
Where do I get some? Anywhere! I've found that anywhere that sells nail polish, sells cuticle oil. The one I use is by Essie, and I love it for the easy brush-on application and it smells like apricots. YUM. Side note: be careful when using brush applicators because they can harbor bacteria, so make sure your hands are clean!