Lucky for us, the winter is on its way out.
That means warmer weather, sunshine, and beach days are ahead!
If you’re anything like the team at the Honey House, your skin might still be reeling from the cold 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 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 touch things thousands of times a day (you touch your face alone around 3000 times). This means that bacteria are always being picked up and transferred by your fingers and when your cuticles or nails are damaged, bacteria and dirt may enter and cause mild infections.
Nourishing your hands and cuticles will help to reduce the chance of developing hangnails and cracks in the skin. For starters, use any combination our of our honey scrubs and butters 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 (and hands, for that matter), we have a more extensive cuticle treatment for you to try and see if it helps.
Treat damaged cuticles with a natural salve with the following ingredients:
- Raw Eastern Shore Honey (2 tablespoons)
- Coconut Oil (2 tablespoons-room temperature works best!)
- or, use an equal amount of good quality olive or almond oil
- Mashed Avocado (1 tablespoon)
- Aloe Vera Gel (1 teaspoon)
- Lavender Essential Oil (3 drops)
Place the solid oil into a metal measuring cup and place in a warm oven or in a pot of warm water and allow to soften. The honey and lavender oil provide the skin an antibacterial agent. Coconut oil, avocado, aloe vera gel, and honey are also powerful moisturizing agents that repair 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.