By Mary N. DiZazzo

Cuticle Oil: A Must for Healthy Nails!

Ciao bella,

I have been practicing Natural Nail-care for over 30 years and quite successfully I may add.

I use cuticle oil after every manicure service religiously. It is an essential part of the manicure. It should also be used daily. You may ask "What is natural nail-care?" From experience it is not not practiced by many nail techs. It is the practice of manicuring the nails while promoting and maintaining natural healthy nail growth. Whether the tech is applying enhancements (tips & wraps preferred) or a polish covering as Shellac, consideration of future nail health should be observed as well as performing a regular manicure.

Using cuticle oil and encouraging its use is mandatory for healthier nails. Massaging the oil into the cuticles and nails stimulates blood circulation promoting and maintaining healthy cuticles and nails. Also when a client is using a nail strengthening polish which tends to "dry" the natural nail while hardening the nail a cuticle oil must be massaged in daily to replenish lost moisture. A nail will harden with a flexibility to bounce back instead of fracturing from dryness while using a nail strengthener and cuticle oil.

Cuticle oil is a very integral part of also keeping the nail polish pliable eliminating brittleness therefor promoting longevity of polish. As for cuticles the oil helps to shrink and tighten preventing hangnails. Cuticle oil was first formulated to meet these needs for flexible coatings and additional moisture.

Many different kinds of oils make up an array of cuticle oils. Vitamin E oil is nature's anti-aging ingredient repairing and preserving skin cells. Jojoba oil penetrates skin's pores preparing skin to accept other important ingredients for moisturizing and healing benefits. Rice bran oil is a well known beauty secret that softens and conditions.

So don't forget to use your cuticle oil to maintain healthy nails and cuticles!

Buona giornata and God bless the United States of America!

--Mary N. DiZazzo-Trumbull

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