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"How to Enhance Your Nail Care Routine with Essential Oils and Tools"

Updated: Apr 17

Young lady showing her beautiful hand and nails.
Beautiful Hands

Essential oils and carrier oils can be beneficial additions to nail care routines, offering various properties that promote nail health and strength. 


Here's how they can be used:


For a natural look manicure, you'll want to focus on enhancing the appearance of your nails without adding color or embellshments.


Preparation:


  • Remove any existing nail polish with a gentle nail polish remover.

Trim and Shape:

Manicurist shaping nails.
Shaping Nails

Trim your nails to a length that suits your preference, and shape them using a nail file. Opt for a natural, rounded or squared-off shape.

Soak and Push Back Cuticles:


Lady soaking her nails in a specialized water.
Soaking Nails


  • Soak your hands in warm, soapy water or a specialized soak.

Exfoliation:

Lady exfoliating hands and feet.
Exfoliation



  • If desired, use a gentle exfoliating scrub or nail brush to remove any dead skin cells from your hands and fingers.



Moisturizing and Conditioning:


Lady with a jar of moisturing cream on hands.
Moisturizing

  • Carrier oils like Jojoba Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, or Coconut Oil are excellent for moisturizing and conditioning the nails and surrounding skin. They help prevent dryness and brittleness, which can lead to cracked or split nails.

Strengthening:


  • Certain essential oils possess strengthening properties that can help fortify nails.

  • Tea Tree Oil, for instance, is known for its antifungal and antibacterial properties, which can help prevent nail infections and strengthen the nail bed.


Nourishing Cuticles:


  • Applying a small amount of diluted essential oils such as Lavender, Rosemary, or Myrrh to the cuticles can help nourish and soften them, promoting healthy nail growth.


Antifungal and Antimicrobial Properties:


  • Essential Oils like Lavender, Tea Tree, and lemon have natural antifungal

and antimicrobial properties, making them useful in combating nail fungus and preventing infections.


Enhancing Circulation:


  • Some essential oils, such as peppermint or Eucalyptus, can stimulate blood circulation when applied topically. Improved circulation can promote nail growth and overall nail health.


Soothing Irritation:


  • If you have irritated or inflamed skin around the nails, diluted Chamomile or Calendula oil can help soothe the skin and reduce inflammation.


(Remember to perform a patch test before using any new essential oils, especially if you have sensitive skin or allergies.)


Buffing:


Manicurist buffing nails of a lady.
Buffing


  • You can use a nail buffer to gently smooth the surface of your nails without adding polish and seal the nutrients in your nail. if you prefer a matte or satin finish.


This simplified natural look manicure focuses on enhancing the natural beauty of your nails while keeping the overall appearance clean and understated. It's perfect for those who prefer a minimalist aesthetic or want a low-maintenance option for everyday wear.




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