Homemade Lemon and Lavender Cuticle Cream
Well Kept Hands Matter ~
Hands have been the tools of my trade as a Beauty Therapist then a Make-Up Artist and then a Cosmetic Manager for international cosmetic brands.
I learnt at a young age how good and how bad the nails and cuticles can look.
With a mum who had gorgeous strong nails and a dad who was a nail bitter, I found myself doing manicures in my sleep as a therapist in training and practicing at home with one delighted model and one semi-reluctant but soon converted one.
In later years it became evident how important it was to have nice well kept hands from interviews to applying product on clients.There was a certain amount of pride when someone commented on my nails.
I loved experimenting with different nail art; nail polish, French manicures and acrylic nails. They all had their place in my world and still do.
Well Kept Nails Improve Confidence
Lemon and Lavender
Freedom of Choice ~
Nourishing, moisturizing, healing, softening, soothing and fragrant are all benefits of this addictive cuticle cream with two scents I am equally addicted to, Lavender and lemon but you can design your own signature scent if you wish.
The real beauty with this recipe is it uses only a handful of ingredients that are accessible, versatile and therefore cost effective. It is quick and easy, needing no special equipment just regular kitchen basics.
How often do you attempt to identify a list of ingredients on a product that sound more like a chemistry lesson?
Another reason to go homemade, you don’t need the chemicals, you don’t need the synthetic fragrance and you certainly want to know what’s in your cuticle cream without reaching for the dictionary, Mr Google and the magnifying glass.
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How To Achieve Healthy Cuticles ~
- NEVER cut your cuticles. It opens up the space between the cuticle and the nail leaving it wide open to infections, bacteria and irritations. It may also be the cause of white lines, white spots or ridges.If you get an infection there it will hamper the growth of the nail. Cutting cuticles often makes them harder when they are supposed to be soft.
- Use an orange stick to push back cuticles gently instead of cutting them. It is one of the cheapest but essential tools for maintaining your cuticles.
- Cuticles are made up of skin, just like the rest of our body so are subject to getting dehydrated, dry and flaky. They need moisturizing just as our face needs it. Step in cuticle cream which does what it says on the tin. The more you lubricate cuticles and hands the better they will look and feel.
- Avoiding rough professionals is another no. Manicurists and Beauty Therapists who are overly aggressive on the cuticles should be avoided. Believe it or not infections, redness, soreness and red spots may develop around the nail and cuticles and end up being treated by dermatologists. The cause is overly aggressive use of an orange stick or manipulations on the fingers. You should tell the professional you only want the cuticles gently pushed back and nothing more to avoid this situation, particularly when being treated in a new salon. If they are too rough tell them to stop.
- Eliminate nails, hands and cuticles drying out by wearing vinyl gloves when washing dishes, using cleaning products or even washing clothes. Nails dry out when constantly dipped in and out of water and acetone based nail polish remover in particular. Gardening should always been done with gloves to protect the hands but sometimes enthusiasts don’t bother and the hands will suffer.
- Stopping nail biting and putting the fingers in the mouth is essential to healthy nails and cuticles. The mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria and contains saliva which is an enzyme that breaks down skin. Nail biters often chew or nibble the cuticles which end up causing sore, irritated skin and can get infected very quickly. Better to kick the habit by taking pride in their appearance.
- Dehydration has a direct effect on EVERY part of our health, including our nails and cuticles. Make sure you are drinking sufficient levels of water (6-8 glasses daily) and if you struggle drinking water, try homemade cucumber spa waterwhich makes it much more interesting and may be used for the family and for entertaining as an alternative. More juicy type vegetables and fruits with high water content are beneficial to include in your daily diet for hydration.
- Diet has an impact on every part of our being. No amount of pampering will work if the diet is not a well balanced healthy one with plenty of protein, minerals and nutrients. The nails and the hair are the last places to receive nutrition as the organs deemed essential for life will be serviced first. As a result if our health is poor it will show first in the nails and hair. For strong healthy nails and cuticles make sure you have a diet that includes protein, iron, zinc, sulphur, biotin (form of vitamin B), omega-3 fats and vitamin C.
- Diet should include; lean red meat, eggs, soya, poultry, fish, nuts, pulses, cheese, low fat dairy, liver, seeds, lettuce, tomatoes, kiwi, cucumber, citrus fruits, berries, leafy vegetables and seafood.
Fresh, Invigorating Lemon
Lemon and Lavender Cuticle Cream ~
11/2 oz Shea Butter
1/2 oz Cocoa Butter
1/4 oz Beeswax
1/2tsp Vitamin E Oil or Coconut Oil
5 drops Lemon Essential Oil
5 drops Lavender Essential Oil
You Will Need:
Saucepan or Double Boiler
Glass Measuring Jug
2-3 oz Jar with Lid
- Add the butters, beeswax and coconut oil (if using) into the measuring jug.
- Pop the saucepan on the stove and add enough boiling water into the saucepan to cover about 2 inches.
- Place the jug into the saucepan and heat gently to melt, stirring occasionally.
- When fully melted, turn off heat and remove jug from the saucepan. Place on a flat surface to cool slightly.
- Before cuticle balm starts to solidify add the vitamin E oil (if using) and essential oils.
- Mix gently to combine ingredients and pour into your container.
- Leave to fully cool and set.
- Use twice daily or whenever your cuticles need some extra nourishing and intensive moisturizing by applying a dot of balm on each cuticle.
- Massage in with the opposite hands ringer finger with small circles all over the cuticle and nail area.
- Use a Q-tip, plastic spatula, toothpick or even a clean lip brush to remove the balm from the container. NEVER use your finger directly into the pot or you risk bacteria transfer and will use too much product.
- Keep it in a cool dry place or store in the fridge to keep it solid.
- This balm will last at least 6 months but I guarantee you it will not see that length as it is heaven and when using a few times daily, it disappears fast!
- Perfect for those cold, dry windy days ahead of winter and for using as part of a full manicure treatment of gorgeous DIY recipes including hand scrub, hand cream, hand soak and paraffin hot oil treatment.
Do you use a cuticle cream?
Tips and Suggestions ~
Alternative essential oils that benefit cuticles are:
Cuticle creams / balms make an ideal gift for baby showers, wedding showers, spa nights or even teen parties. You could make a hand spa gift basket with an assortment of easy but beneficial hand treatments which will look a million dollars. Family and friends will love it so don’t forget them at birthdays and special occasions.
Makes a good gift for teenagers starting to show an interest in their nails and is suitable for boys and girls. If you have any nail biters in the family it may help encourage them to stop when they see how it works. Bye-bye chewed cuticles.
Food for Thought . . . .
Simple ingredients are all that is necessary to keep your cuticles well conditioned, soft, nourished and healthy. There is no need to fork out on store bought products when you have different options. Oils such as almond oil, avocado oil and apricot kernel oil may be used on their own as could coconut oil and olive oil. For more cream, balm or butter textured products, the gorgeous waxes, oils and butters compliment each other perfectly. If you like to have a perfumed treatment then add essential oils.
How easy and healthy is that?
"Creating health awareness through homemade beauty solutions"
Soya Wax, Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, Almond Oil and Lavender Cuticle Balm
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