Cuticles are the layers of the skin found around the nails of the fingers and the toes. A nail cuticle softening treatment which is a common ingredient of an oil or cream is needed to soften and moisturize the cuticles. The nail technician usually applies the cuticle softener before she performs manicure or pedicure on the customer. This is to make it easier to push back and reshape dry and overgrown cuticles. Caring for your cuticles is needed to keep your nails healthy and to give them better appearance. However, in order to save some money and avoid harsh chemicals which are usually present in some cuticle softeners, try to make a nail cuticle softening treatment especially when you do your nails at home.
Step #1: Prepare what you need.
Here are the things that you need in making your own cuticle softening treatment: 2 tsp jojoba oil; 4 drops eucalyptus essential oil; small bowl; cotton swabs; plastic container; 3 tbsp paraffin wax; 1 tbsp coconut oil; 3 tbsp paraffin wax; wooden spoon; 1 tbsp glycerin; and a double boiler.
Step #2: Mix the essential oils.
Put 4 drops of eucalyptus essential oil and 2 tsp jojoba oil in a small bowl and thoroughly mix them. Dip clean cotton swab into the oil. Wipe it around your cuticles and massage the oil well into your cuticles using your fingers.
Step #3: Store the leftover solution.
If you have excess cuticle softening oil left, store it in a small, lidded plastic container like a baby food jar or an old clean skin cream container. Refrigerate it to keep its freshness.
Step #4: Try the nail softening cream.
Put together 3 tbsp. paraffin wax, ½ cup mineral oil and 1 tbsp coconut oil to the top pan of a double boiler. Put water to the bottom pan of the double boiler. Heat the pan until the water start to simmer. Use only a medium heat. Put the top pan over the bottom pan and stir the ingredients together using a wooden spoon as they heat up. Once the ingredients completely melted, remove the boiler from the heat and mixed them together.
Step #5: Enhance the solution further.
Stir in 1 tbsp. glycerin into the mixture then let the mixture cool before pouring it into the bowl. Dip a cotton swab into the cream and smooth it onto your cuticles. Put the excess cream into a lidded plastic container and store it in the refrigerator to thicken it as well as to keep it fresh. You should take precaution when heating the wax and oils as they can cause serious burns.
These are but some tips that will help you create a cuticle care solution at home. You can mix some essential oils together or look for other options that will help. Likewise, you may create a moisturizing cream as a substitute. You may need some expertise in mixing the ingredients altogether. Add to that, you need to apply them properly to get the results you want.
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