As you may know, I have a love-hate relationship with my hands. One of the main reasons they get on my nerves so much is that they are short and stubby (see proof here). However, the main reason I like them is that I have grown to love polishing my nails. A few years ago, I started to grow out my nails after a long stint of nail-biting (long stint = 17+ years). Now my nails are in pretty good shape, however I still suffer from super dry cuticles and the occasional, often painful, split cuticle. I am also guilty of over-snipping my cuticles with one of those stainless steel cuticle nippers they use at the nail salon. I chalk the bad hand habits up to a subconscious anxious need to always be doing something with my hands.
Last week I got a great manicure and tried this awesome new tan/putty color by Essie called “Case Study.” This week, New York City has been particularly brisk out and my hands and all around my nails have become super dry and my cuticles have really taken a beating. Yesterday, a minor cuticle snag turned into this really painful cut. Ouch!
For this week’s Spa Foodie, I went on a hunt for the easiest, most coast-efficient and effective dry cuticle recipe I could find. This fabulous Honey Apricot Beeswax Cuticle Cream recipe is easy to make, 100% organic, uses recycled mint tins as containers – and most importantly – is great for hydrating dry, cracked hands and cuticles. Here’s why: honey helps soften rough cuticles and has natural antibacterial properties while Apricot Kernel Oil improves skin’s elasticity and fights harmful free-radicals with a dose of Vitamins A and C. Plus, the Beeswax cream base creates a barrier between your skin and the elements and also contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties to promote the healing of cracks and nicks.
- 1.5 oz Beeswax Pellets (Try Yaley’s 100% Yellow Beeswax Pellets, 4 oz available at Amazon.com for around $3.00)
- 3 oz Apricot Kernel Oil ( $5-10 Available at organic food stores or online vitamin shops, try SwansonVitamins.com, $7.99 for 16oz)
- 1 tablespoon Honey
- Disposable paper bowl and plastic spoon
- Mint tin or container (like an Altoids Tin)
- Put Beeswax Pellets, Apricot Kernel Oil and Honey in paper bowl
- Microwave for 15 second intervals until liquefied (soupy constancy), stir with plastic spoon if needed
- Bend the paper plate into in half slightly so as to easily poor the liquid mixture into the mint tin
- Let sit until cool and solidified
- Rub with finger and apply to cuticles and hands as needed
After using the cuticle cream, the skin around my nails is visibly more moisturized. My hands are so much softer and have less of that tight, uncomfortable feeling. I still have that annoying cut on my finger, but with regular use that should start to heal and be gone in a few days! I hope…
Recipe via Le Petite Happy