There’s barely a touch of fall in the air and I can already feel my hands starting to getting chapped. Despite slathering them in lotions, butters and balms, as soon as the air starts to dry out my hands take a beating – especially my nails. This is where essential oils can come to the rescue.
Maybe it’s genetics (my mom’s cuticles are always cracked). Or maybe it’s just that I run my water a little too hot. But either way, I think we all can agree that dry nails need a little extra TLC during the colder months.
This DIY cuticle oil works wonders on dry skin of all types, but it’s especially effective when it comes to soothing cracked, peeling cuticles. Store it in a refillable pen and stash it in your purse, bedside table or kitchen cabinet so you can apply on the go.
The Best Carrier + Essential Oils for Nails
Certain oils are great for strengthening nails and healing cracked cuticles. Things like olive and grape seed oils are hydrating, while vitamin E and carrot seed are strengthening, and tea tree and cypress oils are antibacterial.
A good cuticle oil blend should contain a healthy mix of different essential oils for nails so you can reap all the benefits they have to offer. While you don’t have to use all of the same oils I do (two or three should work just fine), a well-rounded mix helps to cover all your bases and heal your cuticles as quickly as possible.
Carrot Seed Oil
Carrot seed oil is one of my favorite oils, not just for nails but for skin in general. It’s rich in beta carotene, vitamins A and E and pro-vitamin A. It’s great at restoring moisture that dry, cracked skin so desperately needs.
Grapeseed is another one of my favorites. It’s rich in vitamins C, D and E and it contains a plethora of fatty acids and polyphenols, which may help reduce the appearance of aging. Plus it’s inexpensive and odorless making it the perfect carrier oil.
DIY Cuticle Oil Blend
Here’s a quick and easy cuticle oil blend, plus a video showing you exactly how to do it. Don’t be afraid to mix up the oils in the recipe to suit your needs.
Healing Cuticle Oil Blend
- Small bowl
- Refillable brush pen
- Combine ingredients in a small bowl and stir to combine.
- Using a small funnel, transfer the mixture to a refillable brush pen.
- Apply to cuticles 2 or 3 times a day to strengthen nails and soothe cuticles. Store in a cool, dry place indefinitely.
This post was medically reviewed by Dr. Holly Smith, a board certified physician in nephrology and internal medicine with a background in nutrition. Learn more about Hello Glow’s medical review board here. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.950