|Cuticle Oil Vs Cuticle Butter|
I’m not sure if you know, but I’m a nail fan. I love to paint my nails, try my hand at nail art, wear fake nails the odd time, generally all sorts of everything. As a result my nails haven’t been in the best shape for quite a while.
You may have seen my post all about nail strengthening and my joy at seeing progress with my nails! I have to admit, my nails were definitely in pretty good nick at that point, back in February. They stayed like that for a while before the peeling returned with a bang. My main issue seems to be dry nails.
So I’ve been using cuticle oils to help. I do really enjoy the Sally Hansen Vitamin E* Nail & Cuticle Oil, I did see an improvement with my nails when I started using this. The essie Nail Apricot treatment* is another oil I have tried, I’m less keen on it. With the Sally Hansen oil I could feel it being absorbed by my nails and cuticles as I massaged it in, the essie on the other hand seemed to just sit on top of my nails & cuticles.
I recently bought Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter from Lush. I wish I had started with it! I’ve owned this for a while but not used it nearly as often as I should. I watched a youtuber recently (10PerfectNails), she was chatting about her issues with peeling nails and not making any headway – similar to me. She turned to shea butter and had great results after only a few weeks. I know Lemony Flutter was part shea butter and other good things, so I am now using it about 3 times a day – the first day I must have used it at least 10 times! I have noticed a massive difference. The parts of my nails that were peeling still have the splits, but because my nails are less dry they’re no longer peeling off. So my nails stand a chance of growing out these peeling tips!! I’m excited!
So here’s a round up of the pros & cons of each
Cuticle Oil Pros: A good oil can help soften the skin and hydrate the nails. Cons: Can be a mess to apply, not exactly handy to use on a frequent basis while out and about unless you have a cuticle pen.
Cuticle Butter Pros: Softens the skin and because it is quite thick in consistency, it helps keep nails hydrated for longer (in my opinion). Has improved the peeling at the ends of nails, not just problem areas around the cuticle. Easy to use in public. Generally seems to be much cheaper by comparison – well for Lemony Flutter anyway. Cons: I don’t have any at the minute!
So all in all, I would recommend cuticle butters (Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter in particular) over cuticle oils. I am more than a little bit in love with my cuticle butter for lush.
Have you issues with peeling and splitting? How do you help – I’m thinking I need an olive oil soak next.
Thanks for reading!