Manicure Step

Natural Nail Treatments

bowl of water nails

At home natural nail treatments have become very popular. There are lots of remedies that can be found in books, online, by work of mouth, via Youtube, your friends and family. But, how do you know which ones actually work?

I have seen some that make no sense and would do nothing for your nails health. For example, Gelatin – Who thought to use this as a nail ingredient? I have compiled a list of natural nail remedies, how to use them and why you would use them for your nail health. All are basic ingredients, but have very powerful effects.

Tea Tree Oil

This oil removes discolouration and yellowing from nails. Its anti-septic helps prevent and treat fungal infections.

Pop a few drops of oil in a small bowl of warm water. Soak your nails for 3-5 minutes, remove hands but do not rinse and pat dry. Use this 2-3 times a week.

Olive Oil

This softens and helps moisturise nails and cuticles – leading to strong and healthy nails.

Warm a little oil and massage into nails and cuticles for a few minutes. Leave on for 15 minutes, rinse with just water and pat dry. Use this 2-3 times a week.

Vitamin E Oil

Vitamin E provides a moisturising property that gives nails a boost of hydration, resulting in healthy nails.

Break open a Vitamin E cap and extract the oil. Pop the oil onto the nail and cuticle and massage in for a few minutes. Do this daily before bed for a few weeks and you will notice a huge difference.

Beer

Beer contains Selenium, Potassium and Biotin that creates strong, thick and healthy nails. It is also rich in Silicon, which treats weak nails.

Warm 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 tablespoon of beer in a small bowl. Soak the nails in this for 15 minutes, rinse and pat dry. Use 2-3 times a week.

Green Tea

Tea gets rid of any yellow discolouration on the nail and the anti-oxidants helps prevent brittle nails. It will also strengthen weak nails.

Allow a cup of green tea to cool. Soak the nails for 10-15 minutes, remove and pat dry. Use this twice a week.

Flaxseed

Micro-nutrients such as B Vitamins, Magnesium, Potassium, Zinc, Lecithin and Protein in flaxseed are needed for healthy nails. The Omega 3 nourishes and hydrates dry, brittle nails through it’s fatty acids.

Rub flaxseed oil onto the nail and cuticle, massage in for a few minutes before bed. Wear cotton gloves over this oil to keep the moisture in. Rinse off in the morning. Use daily.

Apple Cider Vinegar

This vinegar contains the nutrients Magnesium, Potassium, Iron and Calcium these strengthen the nails. The acidic nature can prevent and treat fungal infections.

Mix equal parts water and raw, unfiltered vinegar in a small bowl. Soak nails for 5-10 minutes, rinse and pat dry. Use this daily for a few weeks.

Other Options

Another way to naturally treat nail problems and to keep them healthy is to combat them from inside-out. I will also list these:

Protein Based Foods

Nails are made of keratin – a certain type of protein. You need protein foods as building blocks for healthy, strong nails. Protein rich foods include, chicken, seafood, nuts, eggs, low fat dairy, beans, lean meats, tofu, soybeans and quinoa.

Biotin

This is a B vitamin that helps build nail hardness and thickness, it reduces the chance of the nails splitting. Foods rich in Biotin include carrots, salmon, sweet potato, corn, lentils, egg yolks, peanuts, soybeans, almonds and fortified cereals. Biotin can also be found as an oral supplement from most health food shops.

Conclusion

Some of these may work better than others for your nails. It is worth trying them all out and seeing which works the best for you. On a personal level, the ones that worked best for my nails were olive oil, biotin and flaxseed. I have had huge changes since using them, I tend to rotate what I use each week.

I hope that you find one that works for your nails and that these natural treatments aid you on your way to beautiful, strong, healthy nails.

 

 

Advertisements

Cuticle Care

Cuticle Care heartprettynailsblog

When I first started doing nails I did all the rookie mistakes and wondered why my nails and cuticles looked terrible. I tried everything I heard about but they still looked awful.

I wondered what I was doing wrong, over the years I have learned so much. I thought it would be a good idea to condense everything from those years of experience to create a quick guide about the often looked over area of cuticles. Our cuticles are a massive part of the nail care routine and should have as much attention as the nail itself. Hopefully you gleam some useful information about the subject from this post.

What is the cuticle?

The cuticle is the skin at the base of the finger or the toe nail, it sits on top of the part of the nail that grows.

Why do we have cuticles?

The cuticles purpose is to act like a barrier to protect the nail.

Do I cut my cuticles?

No! The cuticle has a reason for being there, removing this area of your skin can cause you health risks. Cutting them leaves you with open cuts on your hand, which can lead to infection and irritation.When the cuticle regrows it will look uneven and flaky, cutting them can also cause problems such as ridges, white spots or white lines on the nails.

What can cause damage to the cuticle?

The cuticles can become chapped, dry and/or damaged from many factors; salty or soapy water, chlorination, excessive environmental conditions, exposure to hot sun or cold, as well as drying agents such as fast drying top coats, acetone from nail polish remover, and detergents. Cutting and biting the cuticle can also damage the cuticle.

How do I make my cuticles look neater?

Use a cuticle remover or a cuticle softener. Apply with a nail brush, a cotton bud, or if it came with its own applicator apply via this method. Leave on for 1-2 minutes or as instructed to on the product itself, with an orange stick gently and carefully push back the cuticle. Wash hands and apply a cuticle oil.

Why use a cuticle oil?

Cuticle oil can help repair damage, nourishes the nail and cuticle. It also aids circulation in the nail bed creating growth and maximises the overall health and appearance of the nail and cuticle.

What is cuticle oil?

Cuticle oil is applied to the cuticle and the nail area. When applied it softens and moisturises the area. Look for the ingredient Vitamin E, this will help repair damage that has been done to the nail.

Conclusion.

For some when looked at all these seem pretty simple and common knowledge, for others who are first starting out on their nail journey they may not know these and that was my aim. To create a simple post on what they are, how to care for them, and how to maintain the health of them via products. I will also post a blog to follow this about the cuticle care products that I personally recommend and why I think they are the bees knees!