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Nail oil: application and tips

by Josephine Andrews

Nail polish, nail polish remover or other chemicals damage the fingernails. The result: they become dry and brittle. Nail oil is said to be an effective care product for stressed nails. Read here what nail oil is, how you can make it yourself at home and what you should pay attention to when using it.

What is nail oil?

Nail oil is part of manicures and pedicures and is intended to alleviate and prevent the problem of brittle nails and torn cuticles. It is a plant-based oil that provides the nail with rich ingredients. It is often extracted from almonds, jojoba, olives, tea tree , coconut, chamomile or other plants.

Frequent use of nail polish and nail polish remover removes natural oil from the nail, causing it to dry out and become brittle. The cuticles also suffer. A good nail oil may mitigate this undesirable effect.

In addition to intensive care for nails, cuticles and nail beds, the oil gives the nails a natural shine and also has a calming effect after a manicure. Some oils also have an antibacterial and wound-healing effect – this depends on the plant from which it is extracted:

  • Olive oil and coconut oil are particularly moisturizing.
  • Almond oil supports keratin formation and strengthens the cuticles and nail structure.
  • Jojoba oil smoothes the nail.
  • Tea tree oil has an antiviral and antibacterial effect.
  • Chamomile oil fights inflammation.

Make nail oil yourself: Here’s how!

Ready-made nail oils are available in drugstores and pharmacies. You can also make your own nail oil at home and adapt it to your individual needs. You can combine different oils.

To make a nail oil, mix the oils you want in equal proportions – say, one tablespoon each – and place in a clean screw-top jar. Use high-quality organic oils for this.

Shake vigorously until the ingredients are well mixed together. Put the ready-mixed nail oil in a suitable container. Pipette bottles or roll-ons, for example, are well suited. This makes it easier to apply the oil to the nail later.

Important: Tea tree oil should be used sparingly as it can cause skin irritation, two to six drops are sufficient. It should never be applied undiluted to the nail. Also check the compatibility with an arm bend test in advance.

Nail oil: application

How to use nail oil? Basically, you can use nail oil as a preventive care or to support broken nails in the regeneration.

Never apply nail oil under nail polish, only at the end of the manicure. Otherwise the nail is too greasy and the nail polish does not stick well – so nail oil before painting makes little sense.

Otherwise, the application is easy: Put nail oil on the toenails and fingernails and massage it in gently – similar to how you would do it with a cream. Do not wash it off afterwards, but let the oil soak in well. Note that oils absorb at different rates. Olive oil, for example, takes a little longer.

How often should you use nail oil?

Basically, the frequency depends on how stressed your nails are. You can’t go wrong if you use nail oil on your feet and hands daily or even several times. There are no health risks and no habituation effect.

On the contrary: If your cuticles are very dry and your nails are particularly brittle, it is best to use the nourishing oil several times a day.

Nail oil for nail fungus

Are you struggling with black nail fungus on your nail and wondering if you can use nail oil? In this case, an oil can even support the healing process.

However, do not mix your own oil for this, in the pharmacy you can get special nail oils for fungal infections. These contain, for example, a higher dosage of tea tree oil, which has a fungicidal (anti-fungal) and antibacterial effect.

However, nail oil should not be the sole treatment method. Talk to your dermatologist or pharmacist about this.

Nail oil: You should pay attention to this!

You should pay attention to a few points both when buying ready-to-use nail oil and when making your own at home:

  • Use quality and natural products.
  • Avoid synthetic colors, fragrances and preservatives.
  • Make sure the oils have been dermatologically tested.
  • Avoid mineral oil based products.

It is best to ask your pharmacist for advice.

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