Water Based Nail Polish

Why I love water-based nail polish & how to use it!

Natural Cuticle Oil

Natural Cuticle Oil

Natural Cuticle Oil

It is important to use cuticle oil to keep your cuticles moisturized and looking healthy. The only problem is, some types of moisturizers and oils can interfere with water based nail polish sticking to your nails. I have found a wonderful natural solution.

Jojoba oil is a plant extract that closely resembles the oil naturally occurring on human skin. And even though it is called an oil, it is actually a liquid wax. Jojoba oil can therefore be used in conjunction with water based nail polish without jeopardizing the wear of the polish.

When using jojoba oil as a cuticle oil and moisturizer with water based nail polish, keep the following in mind.

  • If you use jojoba oil to moisturize your nail plate, make sure to thoroughly buff your nails after applying it. This will help insure that it is fully absorbed into your nails before you paint them. If there is a shiny coat of jojoba oil on your nails when you paint them the nail polish will not be able to stick to your nails.
  • Be especially careful the first day after applying a water based nail polish. Even though water based nail polish dries to the touch within minutes, it continues to cure and fully dry for hours. I avoid getting any oily or greasy substances on my hands the first day after painting my nails. After the first day, it is fine to apply jojoba oil and massage it into your cuticles and the skin on your fingers and hands.
  • A little bit goes a long way! You only need a couple drops of jojoba oil at a time.

Two recommended brands of jojoba oil are Desert Essence Jojoba Oil for Hair, Skin & Scalp 4 fl oz (120 ml) and Ultrabalm from LUSH, which also contains Candelilla Wax and Rose Wax.

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