Cuticle oil is used to moisturize the cuticle, skin and nail area. It can protect the cuticle and nail against damage and improve the health and appearance of the cuticles and nails. Cuticle oil should not be used as a first-line of defense against dryness, but rather to fix extremely dry, cracked nails. Made of natural, rapidly absorbing vegetable oils, cuticle oil can also contain vitamins and citric acid.
Cuticle oil can help protect and repair damage to the cuticles. When cuticles are exposed to excessive cold, sun, chlorination, salty or soap water or other environmental conditions that lead to dry, chapped skin, the cuticles can be also become dry, chapped, and damaged. Similarly, picking at the cuticles, typing, folding laundry, brushing hair and cooking can all cause damage.
The main purpose of cuticle oil is to deeply moisturize not only the cuticle, but also the skin and surrounding nail area. Cuticle oil helps increase circulation in the nail bed and can stimulate new nail growth. When cuticles or the surrounding nail are extremely dry and cracked, to the point of separation of the nail area from the cuticle, the oil provides quick repair and protection. The oil deeply moisturizes the area, repairs the nail, stops the cracking and eventually allows the nail to reattach.
Jojoba oil is produced in the seed of the jojoba plant, a shrub native to southern Arizona, southern California and northwestern Mexico. Jojoba oil has been commonly used is to treat and repair nails. It is indicated to treat splitting or peeling nails or nails with vertical ridges. Vertical nail separation or splitting indicates a lack of moisture or body oils in the nails. Topical application of Jojoba oil to the nail plate and cuticle penetrates and softens the nail making it more supple and less likely to crack. In addition, Jojoba oil helps in the absorption of Vitamin E, in order to aid conditioning of nails.
Jojoba oil has also been shown to not only soften the nail plate to allow more penetration, but it also has been shown to include antifungal properties of its own.
Why do we use jojoba oil? Brittle, layer, or ribbed nails, dry and sensitive skin of hands are the reasons for using jojoba oil
• Usually ribbing and fragility of nails are caused by a lack of moisture;
• Frequent interaction with water and household chemicals destroys the structure of the nail;
• Age-related changes.
Remove any nail polish you are currently wearing so the cuticle oil can penetrate your nails more easily.
Wash your hands, nails and cuticles with soapy water. Dry your hands with a towel.
Shake the bottle of cuticle oil a few times and apply a drop of oil spreading it over the nail and cuticle area.
Massage the area till the oil is completely adsorbed and repeat this process with your other hand. If any excess oil remains, wipe it off with a paper towel.
Reapply cuticle oil every night before you go to bed.