If you’re anything like the team at the Honey House, your skin might still be reeling from winter weather. Your hands take an especially brutal hit; the skin is thin, they’re often exposed, and they dehydrate with constant washing and chores. And with dry hands come dry, damaged cuticles but fear not! With this cuticle treatment with honey, you can begin to repair the damage before it sets in.
The hero of this cuticle treatment is honey
Damaged cuticles can lead to painful nicks and even infections of the nail bed.
Your hands are constantly busy! Without realizing it, you pick up and transfer bacteria through touch thousands of times a day. Damaged cuticles and cracked skin are breeding-grounds for bacteria. Exposure to dirt may cause a mild infection.
Nourishing your hands and cuticles reduces the chance of developing hangnails and cracks in the skin.
For starters, use any combination of our scrubs and butter to cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize hands on a daily basis. In doing this, your hands will be softer and able to take on the elements. If you’re experiencing dry, irritated cuticles try this extensive cuticle treatment for more aggressive treatment.
How to Make Cuticle Treatment
First, you’ll need to gather the ingredients you need to treat damaged cuticles. The good news is most of these ingredients are already in your fridge and pantry.
- Raw Eastern Shore Honey
- Coconut Oil at room temperature works best, or use an equal amount of olive or almond oil
- Aloe Vera Gel
- Lavender or your favorite gentle essential oil
Mix all of the ingredients together in a glass bowl until smooth and apply. It’ll look like you’ve applied guacamole to your hands. You may use this treatment on the whole hand, the face, knees or any area that you are experiencing dryness.
Place the solid oil into a metal measuring cup and place it in a warm oven or in a pot of warm water and allow it to soften. The honey and lavender oil provide the skin an antibacterial agent.
Coconut oil, avocado, aloe vera gel, and honey provide moisture that repairs damaged skin while delivering essential vitamins and nutrients. Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl until well blended.
Apply generously to the cuticles, nails, and hands, allowing to sit on the skin for five to ten minutes. When your skin feels moisturized, rinse the mixture off with warm water and a damp washcloth before patting dry with a towel. Finish off your hand treatment with a coating of your favorite Body Butter to lock in the moisture, and you’re good to go!
You can skip the essential oil if you don’t happen to have any on hand: it won’t make this treatment less effective. Or, you can swap out the lavender oil for another soothing oil, like geranium bourbon or sweet orange. Never apply undiluted essential oils to the skin, and only add a few drops to any DIY treatment.
On treatments with honey
We are not doctors and we can’t give medical advice, but, we can give you some tips on treating your cuticles with honey. Wash your hands frequently throughout the day, moisturize to protect the skin, and seek medical attention if you develop irritation or infection around your nails. Getting regular manicures can be beneficial, especially if you work with your hands a lot.
- 2 tbsp Raw Eastern Shore Honey
- 2 tbsp Coconut Oil Or use an equal amount of good quality olive or almond oil
- 1 tbsp Mashed Avocado
- 1 tsp Aloe Vera Gel
- 3 drops Lavender Essential Oil 3 drops
Fill a small bowl with all of the ingredients. Whisk together until fully combined.
Use immediately and discard any leftovers.
Let sit for 15-20 minutes or so and rinse off with warm water.