If you'd ask me about my essential hand- and nailcare items, I'd give you a short and simple list: a rich, nourishing hand creme, a glass nail file (I use one by Mont Bleu) and cuticle oil. Cuticle oil is something I've only started using over the last year, but it has become an essential part in my routine. The one I've been using for the past months is Renaissance Cosmetics' Unscented Cuticle Oil, and it's about time I wrote about it here!
|Renaissance Cosmetics Cuticle Oil - pictured next to a regular 15ml bottle - mostly to show how cute it is!|
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Taken from the Renaissance Cosmetics product description:
"Contains a blend of jojoba, avocado, grapeseed, apricot and wheatgerm oils, which have excellent moisturizing properties and absorb easily into the skin. Our cuticle oil is rich in essential nutrients such as vitamins A, B, D, and E, and will combat signs of aging."
Jojoba oil, the main ingredient in this oil, is well known for its moisturizing properties. It can soothe and repair dry, chapped skin, as well as smooth out fine lines and protect the skin from signs of aging. It is similar in structure to the oils our skin naturally produces, so it absorbs easily into the skin without leaving an oily or greasy residue. It's also anti-bacterial, hypoallergenic and anti inflammatory. Sounds good, right? There's a reason this stuff is used in most cuticile oils.
Avocado, grapeseed, apricot and wheatgerm oil are rich in vitamins, antioxidants and fatty acids. Most of them are light oils that can penetrate the deeper layers of skin and absorb easily without leaving a greasy/oily film. They moisturize, help reduce fine lines and blemishes and assist the skin's natural barrier by retaining moisture. These oils are often used in skincare products and have been used for centuries.
Okay, that was quite a lot of information on the ingredients. You still with me?
I've been using this cuticle oil almost every day for about 4 months now and I'm positive it has improved the health of my cuticles and nails. I use it once a day, right before going to bed. I use the brush to dab on a tiny drop of oil on and around my nails, let it sit/sink in for a few minutes and then massage it into the skin. The skin around my nails feels softer and more hydrated and just generally healthier.
Despite having used it almost daily for a few months, the bottle is still 2/3 full. A little goes a long way, here.
It's not a product I'd recommend applying right before taking photos of your nails though. It's not greasy but it does leave your skin/nails shiny for a while.
There are currently 5 scents to choose from: mandarin, coconut, orange cinnamon, kiwi kiss and honeydew melon, as well as the unscented version. Along with the Wunderkammer collection I was sent one of the new upcoming scents, lavender. The lavender scented cuticle oil has the same formula as the unscented one, but with the addition of French lavender essential oil. It smells delicious and I think it's the perfect calming scent to use right before bed!
If you're looking for a good cuticle oil I can really recommend this one. You can find it here in the Renaissance Cosmetics shop. A mini bottle (5ml) costs $3, the larger 10ml rollerball style bottle costs $6. They are cruelty-free and do not contain almond oil.
If you want to place an order at Renaissance Cosmetics, please use my discount code squeaky15 for 15% off your order! The code can be used once per person and is valid until June 6th 11:56est.
What are your hand- and nailcare essentials? Do you use a cuticle oil?
The lavender cuticle oil was sent to me for an honest review. Please read my full disclosure here