Dirty, unkempt nails can cause a very bad first impression! And by implementing proper nail care routine and hygiene, we can grow longer, stronger, and more beautiful nails.
One way to do that is by using natural oils. It is easy to incorporate organic oils in our nail care regime for boosting nail health and increasing nail strength. There are many natural herbal oils to choose from, which contain vitamins and minerals that help grow healthier nails.
Natural oils to use for the nails
1. Argan oil - this oil has a lot of therapeutic ingredients such as linoleic acid, vitamin E, squalene, and other antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. For this reason, argan has been traditionally used as a skin treatment. Because of its non-greasy quality, argan oil is also a perfect nail and cuticle conditioner to prevent hangnails. It also helps fight nail fungus due to its antifugal property.
2. Coconut oil - this oil has a very strong antimicrobial and antifungal properties. It showed efficacy in fighting Candida species at 100% concentration compared to fluconazole. Hence, experts advise that Coconut oil should be used in the treatment of fungal infections in view of emerging drug-resistant Candida species. Besides, this herbal oil is also rich in fatty acids, which help moisturize your cuticles while protecting nail beds from infections.
3. Olive oil - oil from olive is another rich source of fatty acids and vitamins that help nourish nails. With its rich vitamin E and antioxidant content, olive is a natural moisturizer and nail strengthener.
4. Jojoba oil - this oil produces a type of sebum that is almost identical to our skin’s oil. Thus, it is one of the most popular carrier oils. It helps moisturize dry hands and rejuvenate damaged cuticles.
How to incorporate oils in nail care
There are several ways where we can apply natural carrier oils and essential oils in caring for our nails.
1. As a moisturizing treatment - simply apply and massage a few drops of your chosen oil into your fingernails and toenails daily. Put concentration around your cuticles. This helps moisturize not just the cuticles but also the skin surrounding the nails.
2. Hand and foot soak - By adding a few drops of organic oil to a bowl of warm water and then soaking your hands and feet for about five minutes, you’ll help rejuvenate weak, damaged nails. Do this soak before applying your nail moisturizer. Soaking softens your nails and increases the efficiency of the oils. You can implement this step about once a week.
3. Treating unhealthy, breakage-prone nails - For severely weak or damaged nails, you can increase the potency of your nail moisturizer by combining carrier oils and essential oils in your nail treatment. If you need this to help stop nail chipping, this can be about twice a week. Doing this consistently will bring amazing results even to the most problematic nails.
Maintain a healthy level of vitamins in your bodyEating healthy and making sure that you have sufficient vitamin levels are also important in keeping our nails strong. We need vitamins such as biotin, antioxidants, and omega acids for better nail health. Getting them from nutritional and supplemental sources is great either way.
How do you maintain and care for your nails?