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Olive oil on cuticles: learn how to make a homemade hydration on your nails

In Brazil, we have a very strong custom when doing our nails: completely removing the cuticle. This little skin is considered unsightly around here, so many women choose to remove it when doing their manicure.

The problem is that, despite not being seen with good eyes, cuticles exist to protect our nails from fungi and bacteria. By removing them, we are making our body more susceptible to the entry of these microorganisms, facilitating the installation of diseases.

One way to get away from the pliers (or at least to reduce the amount of cuticle removed) is to keep that little skin well hydrated.

Over time, this care will make the cuticle thinner, so that you can just push it to the base of the nail. In addition, hydration favors the integrity of cuticles, preventing them from getting goose bumps and standing up.

In this sense, olive oil can be a great ally. Check out four techniques to hydrate your cuticles using this simple and powerful ingredient:

1. Between one manicure and another

You can take advantage of the moment of enamel change to apply extra virgin olive oil on each cuticle, massage and let it act for a few minutes. Then wash well with water and mild soap. Nails can be enameled once they are dry.

2. Warm olive oil

Another way to do this is to heat some olive oil in the microwave (just to keep it warm, without letting it get too hot) and apply it on the cuticles with the help of a small piece of cotton. Let it act for 15 minutes and wash your hands to remove the product.

3. Night mask for cuticles

Those who need more power hydration on the cuticles can use a homemade mask for night use. To do this, just mix 1 tablespoon (soup) of olive oil with 1 tablespoon (soup) of moisturizer and apply on the nails and cuticles before going to bed. Remove the product the next day.

4. Exfoliator for cuticles

To soften that spiky cuticle look, you can make a special homemade exfoliator for that area. The recipe is very simple: just mix 1 teaspoon of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of moisturizer and 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar.

Then apply this mixture on each cuticle and make gentle circular movements around them. Rinse with running water and apply a moisturizing cream. This procedure can be done once every 15 days to avoid damaging the nail structure.

It is important to be without nail polish to do this, as the actives will be better absorbed and you will avoid ruining your manicure.

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