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Argan Oil for Nails

Learn how to use argan oil for nails, and follow the tips for maintaining healthy nails. Using a plant-based, natural product like argan oil for nail care is always a better approach to applying chemical based nail formulations.
Argan oil is a multipurpose product, remarkable for the wide range of its uses. It is extracted from the seed kernels of the argan tree. As this tree species is exclusively grown in Morocco, the products extracted from this tree seed are very expensive. The traditional method of extracting argan oil involves removing the outer pulpy layer, cracking the fruits, accessing the seeds, toasting them for increased flavor and grinding them. The ground nut is then pressed to extract maximum argan oil.

Indeed, production of argan oil is a time-consuming and difficult process, and the yield is quite low. However, the resulting oil is rich in essential fatty acids, vitamin E, carotenoids, prostaglandins, ferulic acid, polyphenols and many other nutrients. Touted as an oil with anti aging properties, the demand for this oil is very high in the market. Benefits for skin and hair are not new to many of us. But, what is unknown to us is using argan oil for nails. Yes, this rare oil is used as a toner for nails. Here, we shall have a discussion about argan oil for natural nail care.

How to Use Argan Oil for Nails

You will get argan oil in different grades in cosmetic stores and health food centers. For using this essential oil for health applications, use the one extracted from less toasted argan seeds. It is less flavorful than the oil used for culinary purposes, but its nutrients are retained in the natural state. When applied onto the nails, argan oil helps in moisturizing, strengthening and protecting them. It is probably the best oil to repair damage and brittle nails.

A storehouse of nutrients, argan oil provides the required vitamins, minerals and antioxidants for nails. The best part for using this oil in nails is, it gets absorbed in the nail beds easily, thereby nourishing them. While dealing with brittle and chipping nails, argan oil treatment works great for restoring natural strength of nails. With regular usage, it promotes healthy and natural growth of nails. Here's how to use argan oil for nail care.

Apply Argan Oil Alone
Keeping in mind that this rare oil is beneficial to keep the nails moisturized, it is used for massaging the nails. An easy way to use argan oil for nail strengthening is rub nails with it before going to bed. Put a few drops of argan oil on your palm and work well into the nails. Continue massaging for 5 minutes, so that it gets absorbed in the nail beds. Repeat this everyday and leave the oil overnight. Surely, you will notice improvement in the brittle nails within a few days.

Argan Oil and Lemon Juice Mixture
Another method for using argan oil for nails is soaking in a mixture, prepared out of this oil and lemon juice. In a mixing bowl, combine together equal amounts of argan oil and freshly squeezed lemon juice. Soak nails in this healing concoction for 15 minutes. Rinse the nails gently with lukewarm water (don't use soaps of any kind) and dab them dry with paper towels. This will soften the cuticle and keep the nails soft and shiny.

Not only does argan oil moisturize and strengthen the nails, but it also improves your nail texture and adds a natural radiance to nails. Overall, your nails will look clean and healthy with regular application of argan oil. So, use it as a part of your nail care regimen. Nevertheless, in addition to using this nourishing oil, you are expected to avoid damaging effects to nails and follow a well-balanced diet for maintaining healthy nails. If you make a habit in frequent washing of hands, consider wearing protective gloves, especially in winters, that will also help you maintain the shine of your nails. Likewise, follow the nail care tips religiously and eliminate the factors contributing to nail weakening.
By Ningthoujam Sandhyarani
Last Updated: 9/29/2011
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