My favourite nail care bits and bobs.
In this picture..Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream £6.49 from Holland & Barrett
Jojoba Oil £16.99 from Holland & Barrett
Lush Cosmetics Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter £6.95 from Lush
Glass Nail File was bought for £1 from Poundland.
For the past few months I have been focusing on my nails, getting them strong and getting them to grow, I have tried many things and I am going to share what has worked for me.
I have tried to keep costs down in my nail care routine mainly for one reason...more money left to spend on nail polish!
I do have little "extras" dotted around my house, like extra nail files and tubes of hand cream that came in Christmas beauty packs from relatives, but what I am going to list is my "core" kit of stuff I couldn't be without.
I have just realised that I have not written the stuff in the order I use it so sorry about that, I will clarify it all at the end.
Olive oil is extremely moisturising and easily absorbed into the skin, I make a soak using this and it's made such a difference not just on my nails but on my hands too. I buy my olive oil cheaply from Aldi (£2.79 for 1 litre)
Jojoba Oil (link above)
Jojoba Oil is fantastic for nails,
here are some of the benefits I have found online..
My only negative about the Jojoba oil is the price. It is worth shopping around for it, I bought mine at Holland & Barrett, I only bought it from them because the oil was in the penny sale which means I got another bottle for 1 penny! I have put this oil in a small bottle to apply direct to my nails every night before bed, I also have put some into a bowl combined with olive oil which I give my hands and nails a good soak in.
Vaseline Healthy Hand + Stronger Nails Hand
This is my favourite hand cream of all time, it's cheap, it soaks in quite quick (depends on how much you use) and I really do believe it has strengthened my nails. I use a small amount when I wake up but only because I am getting the kids breakfasts ready and I don't think they want their packed lunches tasting of hand cream.
Now when it's bedtime it's totally different. I apply all my cuticle creams and butters first then go over them all with this. I apply one layer, then once that has soaked in I put a very thick layer on and stick a pair of cotton gloves over my hands. I never seem to keep the gloves on all night though, I must fidget like mad!
I tend to stock up on this hand cream every time I am in Poundland, it is such a fantastic hand cream for just £1! I buy 5 bottles and decant them into an empty bottle with a pump which works perfectly for me. For those of you in the USA Poundland is the same as your dollar stores.
Lush Cosmetics Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter (link above)
I have a love-hate relationship with Lush. They used to stock the best hair mask ever (Hair Doctor) that would shift my psoriasis quicker than clicking your fingers, then they discontinued it! I have had some skin reactions with their bath bombs but still love their shower gels....it can get so confusing! After having a peek in their store I spotted this and decided to give it a go, but mainly because it said "lemons" on it.
This stuff feels weird at first. It's really thick; so thick in fact you don't think its going to soak in until you start massaging it in, then it seems to release this beautifully scented cream that hydrates not only your cuticles but your hands too. With this creamy butter a little goes a long way, I got one pot to last almost 8 weeks with daily use, which shocked me. If i'm being honest I didn't expect it to last the month when I first got it home.
The scent of this is really strong so if you don't like lemons I think you should give this a miss! I use this mostly at night which is why I think its lasted so long, I apply in small amounts directly on my cuticles after using Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream.
Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream (link above)
I got this in a set that contained a lip balm as a present off my mum. I wasn't sure what to make of it at first as the consistency seemed weird - it really did feel like a lip balm!
I started using this before I had got the butter from Lush and the jojoba oil, this stuff made my cuticles easier to push back and the peeling on my nails stopped too, plus I did love the scent! I think that is what pushed me towards getting Lemony Butter in the end too...addicted to lemons!
I apply this after the jojoba oil straight onto my cuticle and the sides of my nails.
Glass Nail file
I love glass nail files, I now have three all dotted throughout the house. I have got an expensive one somewhere that a friend bought me for my birthday, but I tend to stick to the ones I bought from Poundland and Superdrug.
I love glass files as they seal the edges of my nails so I don't end up with a jagged nail catching on my clothes! I have had some emery board files that..lets just say left my nails looking a little rough.
I'm not sure if other people do this so let me know if you do. Every night I lightly run the glass file along the edge of all of my nails to just make sure that there are no rough edges for anything to catch on.
Finally on to cotton gloves - first of all I just want to say that I buy all of my cotton gloves from Poundland. I think I have 6 pairs now and they wash really well. I love how these work and I really couldn't be without them. If you really want to get some moisture into your hands and nails using these along with your moisturiser is a good start!
So my hand & nail routine goes as follows....
- Wake up and apply a little Vaseline Healthy Hands Stronger Nails Hand Cream
- Once everyone is off at work or school I get my Olive Oil/Jojoba Oil hand soak and soak each hand for ten to twenty minutes (I try to do this every other day)
- At bedtime I run my glass file along the edge of each nail
- I apply a little Jojoba Oil to each nail and rub in
- I apply Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream to each nail and rub in
- I apply Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter to each nail and rub it into the whole hand
- I finish with Vaseline Healthy Hands Stronger Nails hand cream and apply thinly once, rub in then apply thickly
- Put on cotton gloves
- And sleep ZZZZzzzzzzz
That's it, well it's not...I am going to show you my nail soak in a moment, but I just wanted to tell you all first that I know it looks like a lot but it takes minutes, it really does.
I am kicking myself for not taking a before picture of my nails, they were stumps not nails if I'm honest. I don't have long nails yet but I am getting there, my nails are now strong and they don't peel or split. I did a post showing a new nail polish I got (previous post to this) and if you look at my nails on that post imagine them being half the size they are there, that's how bad they were!
Some people will ask "Well what about using nail strengtheners like OPI Nail Envy or Sally Hansen??" I think using those is fine, but I will be honest my nails were still splitting and peeling even after using Nail Envy, I had to hydrate my nails alongside using the nail strengthener.
In my own opinion and I'm not a nail tech or anything, I think you should use those if your nails are in a bad way but also do all of what I do above. I do love using my Nail Envy as base coat now and I kind of look at it as my nail is wearing a splint when it's on, the only reason I have not put it in my core kit is I don't think I really need it anymore.
Right onto the nail soak! Sorry to go on and on...
I love this soak! I think it's the main thing that transformed my nails from a peeling and splitting mess to strong and hard claws. I mixed.
- 2 cups Olive Oil
- 1/4 cup Jojoba Oil
That's it! That is quite a lot of Jojoba so you don't really have to add that much, you don't have to add it at all if you want to just try it with the Olive oil on its own first and see how you get on. Would work out a lot cheaper if you tried that first.
Oh my that was a long and in the wrong order post wasn't it! I always feel a little guilty when these posts go on too long, especially if I don't have anything to give away at the end.
I would love to hear about all your nail care routines, or if your nails are in a bad way, would make my day.