Ultimate Guide to Cuticle Oil: when to use it, the benefits, how to apply it
There are numerous benefits of cuticle oil for nail health and growth. However, this is something that most people neglect when painting their nails at home, typically opting for a hand cream to keep nails moisturised and calling it a day. Cuticle oil is an extremely effective option to keep your nails moisturised that requires very little time and effort. Unsure of how to use this? Here are the essentials:
What are cuticles and why are they important?
The cuticle is a thin layer of dead tissue on the nail plate that forms a seal between the nail plate and eponychium (the fold of skin at the base of each nail). It aims to prevent pathogens from infecting the matrix area aka the area where your nails start to grow.
How can you prevent cuticle damage?
- Don’t cut your cuticles: This can allow bacteria to enter, particularly if tools are not sanitised. They are there for a reason; to protect your nails. Instead, push these back.
- Don’t pick at your hangnails: You know those thin but painful bits of skin then peel off your cuticle? We all know how tempting they can be to pick off, but this can actually cause infection. To remove this safely ensure they are soft by soaking your hands in warm water and carefully removing these with tweezers.
- Limit the use of harsh nail polishes and removers. E.g using an acetone-free formula for your polish remover.
What is cuticle oil?
Cuticle oil is a moisturising product used specifically for cuticles and nails. It consists of a combination of ingredients that help strengthen weak nail plates. This includes oils such as almond oil, jojoba oil, flaxseed oil and safflower oil.
What are the benefits of cuticle oil?
- Applying a few drops of cuticle oil regularly can increase the circulation around your nails, which promotes nail growth.
- Cuticle oil can improve the appearance of your nail by protecting your polish for a longer-lasting shine and preventing chipping.
- Cuticle oil contains ingredients perfect for nail health e.g. They also may contain important vitamin extract e.g. vitamins A, E, B1, B2, and B6 – particularly good for the nails.
How do you apply cuticle oil?
Applying cuticle oil is quick and simple and can be done in different ways. All methods only require a few drops. I personally prefer to use oils that come with a small brush for easy application. I lightly apply this around my cuticle and the edges of each nail, then rub this with my other finger (make sure this is clean!) for a few seconds.
Some cuticle oils come in the form of a roller-ball that is easy to apply. What is great about these ones is that that can be stored in your bag or purse so you can carry these on the go.
You can also apply a few drops onto a cotton pad and lightly dab this onto your cuticles.
When should you use cuticle oil?
There isn’t a set guideline as to how often you should do this. Some do this daily, some after every hand wash. I tend to do this every few days or after I do a task that heavily dries my nails e.g. deep cleaning,
If you are giving your nails a break from gel or acrylics, it is recommended to use this time to apply cuticle oil and massage the nail daily during this time.
Thanks for reading 🙂 I hope you have found this post useful and it encourages you to start utilising cuticle oil if you haven’t already.
Lots of love,