Saturday, February 18, 2012

DIY: Cuticle Care - Moisturizers

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5 Cuticle and Hand Cream Recipes for Your Next At-Home Manicure
Not only are cuticle creams easy to make at home, it is much better for you because the ingredients are simple and pure. Try some of these easy at-home recipes from to make your next DIY manicure feel like you just came from the salon. And don’t forget to finish off your spa treatment with some natural homemade almond hand cream!

1. Clay and Lavender Cuticle Cream
Clay has always been hugely beneficial for the skin, so it’s no surprise that this recipe is a great cuticle healer and softener. This recipe calls for lavender oil for scent and conditioning properties, but you can use any oil you like.
1 Tsp. natural clay
1 tsp. olive oil
3 drops lavender essential oil
Directions: Mix the ingredients together until they form a paste and put them into a clean ointment jar or pot. You don’t have to let it sit. You can put it directly onto your cuticles. Leave it on as you file your nails and then massage the cream off when you want to do your cuticles.

2. Cooling Cuticle Oil
This recipe is perfect for the manicure addicts out there, or for anyone who went a little too far with their cuticle clippers. Tea tree oil is a great antiseptic and also has a tingling, cooling effect. Ingredients:
10 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
2 Tbsp Sweet almond oil
Directions: Combine the tea tree oil and almond oil together in a small microwaveable jar. Warm the oil before you use it. Place it on your cuticles and let the oil soak in, rather than washing it off.

3. Cuticle Softener
This is super simple and perfect for pre-manicure cuticle softening. Leave it on for as long as you can and soak your hands in warm water. Then push your cuticles back and cut if desired.
1 tsp. olive oil
1 tsp. vitamin E oil
Directions: Combine the two oils in a glass or plastic bowl. You only need enough for one use, so you can also just use a bowl from your kitchen to wash after. Massage the oil into your nails and cuticles as you would any cuticle oil.

4. Tropical Cuticle Cream
If you want to add a little extra pizzazz to your manicure routine, or if you’re just in the mood for summer, try going tropical. Cocoa butter, jojoba oil and avocado make for one very nourishing cream. Ingredients:
7 tsp. Cocoa Butter
6 tsp. Jojoba Oil
6 tsp avocado oil
3 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
Directions: Melt the cocoa butter over the stove or in the microwave and then add the other oils. Stir them in while the mixture cools and let the combined ingredients sit overnight. Soak your cuticles first, and then apply the cream. Let it sit and push back cuticles after they feel soft.

5. Almond Hand Cream Recipe
This almond cream is so deliciously creamy and is the perfect way to finish off a manicure. After your nails are dry, or before you start painting, rub this cream all over your hands. If you use it before you paint, remember to wipe off your nails before applying the polish.
1/4 cup of beeswax
1/2 cup of almond oil
1/2 cup of coconut oil
1/4 cup of rosewater
Directions: Heat the beeswax in a double boiler and add the almond oil once it has melted. Next add the coconut oil and rosewater and stir until mixed. Keep the cream in a clean air-tight container.

By-line: Mariana Ashley is a freelance writer who particularly enjoys writing about online colleges. She loves receiving reader feedback, which can be directed to mariana.ashley031


  1. Thank you for the info...I always have issues with my cuticles.

  2. Hello, I nominated you to the Versatile Blogger Award. I hope you accept it :)

  3. Very nice! I love DIY stuff!


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