A great-looking manicure isn’t just about finding the perfect polish. Whether you’re going for a sexy color or a chic bare nail, having healthy, moisturized cuticles really makes a difference. And, looks aside: Dry or cracked cuticles can really hurt! There are zillions of oils, butters and other potions you can buy to treat your cuticles right — or, you can whip one up yourself in no time flat.
1. Honey Apricot Beeswax Cuticle Cream
Not only does honey help soften your cuticles, but it has antibacterial properties, which is great for protecting that sensitive area. Plus, apricot kernel oil helps improve your skin’s elasticity, while the anti-inflammatory beeswax base helps protect your cuticles and heal any cracks.
- 1.5 ounces beeswax pellets
- 3 ounces apricot kernel oil
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Disposable paper bowl and plastic spoon
- Mint tin or container (like an empty Altoids tin)
Put beeswax pellets, apricot kernel oil and honey into a paper bowl.
Microwave for 15-second intervals until liquefied (soupy consistency), stir with plastic spoon if needed.
Bend the paper plate in half slightly so as to easily pour the liquid mixture into the mint tin.
Let sit until cool and solidified!
2. Jojoba and Almond Cuticle Oil
This cuticle oil is a breeze to whip up. The jojoba oil helps the vitamin E penetrate the skin, so it can really nourish, moisturize and heal your cuticles. Don’t worry too much about the amounts — a little more or less of any ingredient will still work great!
- 2 milliliters sweet almond oil
- 2 milliliters jojoba oil
- 1 milliliter rice bran oil
- 2 drops vitamin E oil
- 1 drop lavender essential oil
- 1 drop Roman chamomile essential oil
Combine everything in a 5-milliliter glass bottle. Cap with a dropper top and a sealed lid.
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3. Coconut Lavender Cuticle Balm
Coconut oil truly is a wonder ingredient — and it’s great for soothing and healing cuticles. (Is there anything it can’t do?)
- Coconut oil
- Lavender essential oil
To make this effective and super-simple cuticle cream, just add 1 drop of lavender oil to 2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil. That’s it! Store the mixture in a small jar.
4. Coconut Aloe Cuticle Balm
Aloe vera is a wonder plant, and the gel is great for all kinds of things, from soothing burns to, yep, helping heal cracked cuticles and nourishing your nail beds.
- Coconut oil
- Aloe vera gel
Just mix 1 tablespoon each of coconut oil and aloe vera gel together and store it in a small container.
5. Cocoa Butter Cuticle Cream
Cocoa butter has rich emollient properties, and of course, it smells divine.
- 1 teaspoon cocoa butter, grated
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
Gently heat cocoa butter and coconut oil in a small pot until melted.
Stir well and pour into a clean dish or container. Allow to cool completely.
6. Lemon Olive Oil Cuticle Cream
You could add a drop of lemon essential oil to this to make it smell extra lemony! The petroleum jelly will really help protect your cuticles, and the olive oil penetrates for great moisturizing benefits.
- 2 teaspoons petroleum jelly
- 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
Put everything into a bowl, and whip it up! You can store this in any small container.