Homemade Cuticle Cream
I am the worst to my fingernails. I never get manicures, I don’t file my nails frequently, and I even bite them occasionally. They usually look horrid, as rough as I am on them, but as I am currently pregnant, they’re looking a little better than usual.
So, while my nails are naturally growing faster and are a little stronger than normal, I figured it would be a good time to implement a good nail-care routine. Nothing that is extensive, because I’m honestly too lazy for that, but just a little TLC to take care of my hands.
I already apply homemade lavender body lotion, every time I wash my hands, so they don’t get dry, but winter time in the desert seems to be particularly rough on my cuticles. To avoid cracked, bleeding skin around my nail beds, I have whipped together a simple, homemade cuticle cream to apply to the cuticles.
Homemade Cuticle Cream
- 1 tbsp organic beeswax
- 2 tbsp organic shea butter
- 5 drops of lavender essential oil*
- 5 drops of orange essential oil*
- A couple drops of Vitamin E oil
Fill a small saucepan 1/3 full of water, and bring to a boil. In a mason jar, combine beeswax and shea butter, and place into the saucepan of water. Allow the beeswax and shea butter to melt, then carefully remove from the water. Add in essential oils and Vitamin E oil, and stir to combine. Transfer to a small canister, container or jar, and allow to come to room temperature and solidify.
This should remain shelf-stable for up to a year (or longer), and does not need to be refrigerated. Apply a layer homemade cuticle cream to cuticles and skin surrounding the nails before bed time, every night.
*You don’t really need to have the essential oils (feel free to skip them if you don’t have any on hand), but they add fragrance and some antibacterial properties that help keep the nail beds clean. If you are having issues with nail fungus, you can try adding in some tea tree oil to help combat the fungus. (<–I tried this on my daughter when she was a year old, after the okay from her pediatrician, and it worked! The fungus disappeared in a few weeks).
This homemade cuticle cream is also perfect to rub into the bottoms of hardened or calloused feet to soften and moisturize. You can also apply this to rough elbows, or any other area of the skin that needs some TLC.
What is your nail care routine? Share your tips below!