I love long nails. I’ve had them since I was a teenager except for a few years in between.
This was during the period that I was active in Tae Kwon Do. Nails of course had to be short, so I cut them.
And while it felt strange at first as they were always a part of my personal style, I got used to having short nails.
Years later when I stopped practicing Tae Kwon Do and began doing Yoga instead, I started to grow my nails again.
Surprisingly this turned out to not go so easy as they kept chipping.
Eventually it took me a few months and while I never fully knew what caused the chipping, I think it had to do with the types of detergents and cleaning products that I was using back then.
Since I switched to natural, chemical-free products, my nails got super strong and I have no issues keeping them long.
Coconut oil for nails
Coconut oil is great for both cuticles and nails. It strengthens the nails, helps avoid splitting and moisturizes the cuticles.
Its antibacterial, anti-parasitic and anti-fungal properties protect against fungi and infections.
Cacao butter and Aloe Vera help repair damaged skin, nourish it, provide antioxidants and are anti-inflammatory.
DIY cacao butter Aloe Vera cuticle cream
4 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp cacao butter
1 tsp Aloe Vera gel
Melt the coconut oil and cacao butter au bain marie. This is a bowl placed in a pan with shimmering water. Melting the oil this way protects the nutrients.
Remove the bowl from the pan and add the Aloe Vera gel.
I like using fresh gel from my Aloe Vera plants at home. You can also buy Aloe Vera gel online or in a health food store.
To extract the gel from a fresh Aloe Vera leaf you need to cut the leaf off and then into half. Scrape off the gel and add it to the mixture. Stir until it is equally mixed.
Put your DIY cacao butter Aloe Vera cuticle cream in a small container or tin and leave it in the refrigerator to set.
There is no need to store it there, but do keep it in a cool place out of direct sunlight.
Gently massage the cream into your cuticles and give it time to absorb.
Note: some natural ingredients such as coconut oil and cacao butter melt at higher temperatures. Their properties stay the same.
You can put your DIY cacao butter Aloe Vera cuticle cream in the fridge for an hour and it will solidify again.
Just make sure to use containers that protect the content from leaking, especially if you carry it with you in your bag.
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