BEST Homemade “VITAMIN-E” Cuticle Cream to Cure Dry and Chapped CUTICLES
If you nails and cuticles are still not healthy and strong despite of spending a dime every month on manicures, it’s time to think about the real reasons it is causing of and also most importantly what should be avoided too. Though external creams or serums can only alleviate dry and chapped cuticles for time being, if one does understand what is effecting them to be so vulnerable they might worsen again.
Today’s post is not only about sharing my recipe of vitamin-E cuticle cream with you but also sharing some of the do’s and don’ts for healthy nails and cuticles. Read on..
Reasons of Dry and Chapped Cuticles
Some of the most common causes of dry, chapped and weak nails are over washing your hands with harsh hand washes/sanitizes, using nail polishes, nail removers and more importantly poor diet.
In case if you want to know, Its been almost 6 years since I left using nail polishes and nail removers. The last time I used nailpolish was on my wedding.
Dry and chapped cuticles are also caused by lack of moisture in the cuticle and the surrounding skin causing hang nails, cracked or torn cuticles, and plain old dry skin.
Simple recipe of Cuticle cream to cure Dry and chapped Cuticles naturally at home
One of the simplest way to take care of your cuticles externally, to keep they away from getting dry and chapped is to apply a cuticle cream before you go to bed.
I will share a simple recipe of my cuticle cream that I use daily to keep my cuticles strong and healthy. It has just 2 ingredients and takes not more than 10-15 minutes.
We will be using the most essential ingredients in this recipe which has the highest levels of vitamin E in it. As already mentioned in my previous post These are Must Have Vitamins and Minerals for “Healthy NAILS” , vitamin E is a great supplement for nails. It can prevent yellow nail syndrome, which causes peeling, cracked, and yellowing nails.
Vitamin E oil’s moisturizing benefits may also support nail health by preventing cracked cuticles and dry skin around the nail bed. So in this recipe, we will be using those two ingredients which are the highest source of vitamin E.
1. Unrefined Shea Butter is the most effective type of Shea butter because the healing and moisturizing properties are intact, undiluted and unaltered in it. Shea Butter is a natural product to protect, heal and improve your skin naturally.
Unrefined Shea Butter is naturally rich in a number of vitamins. Vitamins A, E, F and K are the most popular. Vitamin E in Shea butter balances and normalizes the skin. Hence helps keep it clear and healthy, particularly beneficial for dry or sun-exposed skin.
It soothes rough, dry or chapped skin on contact and helps soften and revitalize dry and chapped cuticles.
2. Second is the Vitamin E oil itself. “Remember the small cute little capsules?”. Vitamin E is often used in skin creams and lotions because it is believed to play a role in encouraging skin healing and reducing scarring after injuries such as burns. Although originally extracted from wheat germ oil, most natural vitamin E supplements are now derived from vegetable oils like soybean oil.
Natural vs Synthetic Vitamin E – Natural Vitamin E is derived from vegetable oils, primarily soybean oil. Synthetic Vitamin E is produced from petrochemicals. A key difference scientists are examining is the structure of the compounds.
To get started, first collect the supplies. You will need a small setup of double boiler (using the utensils that are available in your kitchen), sterilized spoon and a small glass jar to store the cream.
This is a variation of the double-boiler method (perfect for those of us who don’t own double-boilers!). Place a small amount of water in a pot and boil it. Once it’s boiling, remove from heat and place the bowl of shea butter over the pot.
Let the butter melt completely. Now add 1/4 teaspoon of vitamin E oil into it and stir well. Pour this mixture into a glass jar immediately before the Shea hardens up.
Close the lid and let it sit at room temperature for a day (away from sunlight).
That’t it. A home made Vitamin-E rich cuticle cream to repair your dry and chapped cuticles is ready at your fingertips. 🙂
How to use Cuticle cream for Dry and chapped cuticles
The best way to this cuticle cream, or in that case any other hand and foot cream is obviously at the end of the day before going to your bed. Night time is the right time because of a simple logic – You will not wash you hands/clean dishes/eat food in the middle of the night.
Apply this cream to your fingers and massage them for a good 5 minutes so that you feel the blood rush to your fingers. *Concentrate more near the area around your nails*
Apply daily until you see a significant difference in the health of your cuticles and nails.
Must Avoid to keep your nails and cuticles healthy and strong
1. Harsh Soaps/hand washes/hand sanitizes: When you wash you hands over and over again in the winter you strip away the natural oils in your skin. Couple that with dry air and you have a recipe for serious skin damage. Some liquid soaps may be especially problematic. That’s because the chemicals in foaming agents, detergents and surfactants can be irritating to the skin. The alcohol in hand sanitizers causes nail weakness and dryness. If your hands are red and rough it’s hardly any wonder.
Avoid using harsh dish washing liquids or soaps while washing your dishes. Either use gloves or change to a mild and safe detergents (Recommended: Rustic art dish washing liquid).
Opt for safe and mild alternatives for hand washing and dish washing.
2. Nails polishes and nail removers: The solvents in polish remover – and acetone especially – dry out nails and cuticles. If you use polish remover frequently, it can create an uneven surface, making your nail more prone to peeling, splitting, and breaking. There are no alternatives for these, but just to avoid them.
3. Hot air hand dryers: Who doesn’t love using them? A hot air blast on your wet hands, especially on winters might feel so soothing to you, but not to your hands. It makes your hands more dry, rough and tighter by drying out all the moisture and the most sensitive parts on your hands gets effected first – your cuticles. Avoid using hot hair dryers and instead use tissues to wipe out the excess water on your hands after washing.
I Hope this piece of post will help to take extra care to your hands. Post your cuticles cream photos to me on Instagram. I would love to see them coming from you. 🙂