For a flawless perfect nail polish finish, you need to take care of the cuticles around the nail to remove dead skin and make your nails look fresh and ready for a manicure. Discover in this category the ingredients of the products used for removing cuticles, the harmful ones, and the natural alternatives.
1- Some Current Main Components Used:
- Glycerin: Also known as glycerol, glycerin is a sugar alcohol that can be easily obtained from natural sources. It plays the role of a humectant: meaning it retains moisture in the upper layer of the skin and prevents premature moist from cosmetics. Glycerin has great moisturizing properties as well as it contains cleansing agents. It can be found in personal care products such as soaps, toothpastes, and hair conditioners.
- Lanolin: Lanolin is safe and effective, however, products containing Lanolin should be avoided as it is a contact sensitizer.
- Glyceryl Stearate: Also known as Glyceryl Stearate SE, is a lipid product of glycerin and stearic acid. It is white or cream-colored and is a self-emulsifying wax-like solid. It acts as a lubricant on the skin’s surface which leads to a soft and smooth appearance. Glyceryl stearate is widely used in sunscreen products, makeup bases and foundations, lotions, creams and powders.
- Cetyl Alcohol: It is a long chain organic alcohol, also known as a one- hexadecanol and palmityl alcohol. It is derived from vegetable oils and is widely used in cosmetics and personal care products, especially lotions and creams.
2- Some Current Hazardous Components to Avoid:
- Fragrance: Fragrance ingredients in cosmetics must meet the same requirements for safety as other cosmetic ingredients: they must be safe for consumers when they are used according to labeled directions. Some components of fragrance formulas may have a potential to cause allergic skin reactions or sensitivities for some people.
- Color Additives: In case you are wondering where does the blue in your eyeliner or the pink in your blush are coming from, here is your answer. Color additives provide to consumers all the appealing colors they will find in their products, even in contact lenses. These ingredients come basically as dyes, pigments or other textures to impact the color when added to other substances.
- Mineral Oil: Also called white mineral oil, mineral oil is a colorless lightweight liquid that is also made from a highly purified, refined, and processed petroleum. This ingredient helps to prevent water loss from the skin and keep it moisturized. Given its many moisturizing and softening properties, mineral oil is used in many personal care products such as bath oils, skin care creams and hair care products as well.
3- Natural Alternatives:
- Baking Soda: An efficient substitute of cuticle softeners is baking soda. Also known as sodium bicarbonate, this product can result in a great alternative when mixed with lukewarm water. mix a portion of baking soda with warm water and scrub the cuticles around your nails as well as your hands. It will leave you with soft hands and help you easily remove the cuticles.
- Coconut Oil: Coconut oil can also be a great natural alternative to cuticle softeners as it will make them easy to be removed from the nails.