Best oils for your dry nails

22 December 2021

The winter months are tough enough with the early af sunsets and the cold rainy weather. Add some dry, sad looking nails into the mix and that’s enough to make anyone want to hide away. 

We know the feeling and it’s not one we’d wish on anybody! But never fear; you know here at Glaize we’ve always got your back when it comes to nail care. We wouldn’t be ‘the cure to the manicure’ otherwise ;)

We’re sharing the best oils for your dry nails below, many of which you might have in your kitchen cupboards already.

Coconut Oil 

You probably guessed that this one would be on the list as one of the best oils for dry nails. Are we right or are we right? ;) It’s for good reason though.

Coconut oil is great for hydrating your cuticles (side note: make a DIY cuticle oil with this!) but it’s also really good for protecting your dry nails against infections. We mentioned in our last blog post ‘Why are my nails yellow’ that fungi thrives in warm, moist areas and while your dry nails might not be fungi’s ideal home, it’s good to know that your nails will be protected against these microorganisms plus get some good hydration at the same time. Multitasking at its finest!

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Jojoba Oil 

Jojoba oil is also a great choice for treating your dry nails. Many of us have been struggling over the past year with dry hands caused by continuous hand washing and sanitising but obviously that’s not something we can avoid. This is a good time to bring out some jojoba oil.

The combination of vitamin E and B within jojoba oil nourishes your nails and the skin around them, keeping them moisturised and hydrated. This oil is also particularly beneficial for your dry nails because it’s made up of small particles, meaning it can seep into the skin with ease and help retain the moisture.

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Sweet Almond Oil 

Sweet almond oil is rich in a variety of ingredients that can really help with dry nails. These include antioxidants, vitamin E, Omega 6 and 9, vitamin A and B6, to name a few!

This oil is also useful for coating the nail, protecting it from harsh dryness, peeling and cracking. Plus, it can help give your nails the shine they deserve and keep your cuticles hydrated and healthy. You know what they say? Hydrated cuticles = happy cuticles (or maybe that’s just us who says it... *oh well*)

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Avocado Oil 

As much as we enjoy a good avo toast (mmm), avocado oil is actually really good for our nails too! Apart from it having moisturising properties, making our cuticles soft and our nails far from dry, avocado oil also contains potassium which boosts keratin.

In case you weren’t aware, our nails contain keratin which is also what our hair is made up of. So the potassium in avocado oil increases keratin production in our nails, strengthening them and supporting healthy growth. How cool is that!?

The vitamin E in avos also helps to give the nails a natural shine and, well, we’d never say no to that.

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Squalane Oil 

Squalane oil comes from squalene, which is something our bodies produce naturally. It’s widely used as a moisturiser for dry nails because our bodies already know what to do with it; they’ve encountered it before, so it absorbs quickly, making moisturising a dream.

Often, squalane oil is a preferred oil as it doesn’t leave a sticky “oily” feeling on your fingertips like the others might. It also has a history of being used in traditional medicines to treat a whole bunch of different illnesses, which can be favourable to some. 

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There you have it! Our favourite oils for dry nails. One of these is bound to work for you and help your dry nails out of their winter blues - it’ll be oil you need to get you through to summer...