My Favorite Natural Skincare Trick

I’m a convert to natural skincare. The past few years I’ve played around with the oil cleansing method and replaced my cosmetics counter cleansers with olive oil bar soap. I’ve ditched my drugstore lotion for apricot kernel oil, and replaced my phthalates-ridden shampoo in favor of natural brands.

I like knowing that I’m doing my body good by avoiding phthalates and parabens and all that, but I love finding natural solutions that are not only safer, but work better than their conventional counterparts.

This simple nail scrub is my favorite natural skincare trick. It’s quick and simple, takes just two ingredients, and delivers better results than any commercial product I’ve used.

Here’s what to do:

In a small bowl (or the palm of your hand), combine a small amount of coconut oil with an equal amount of white sugar, and squish into a paste. (Coconut oil melts at 76 degrees–if yours is melty, put it in the freezer for a minute or two to solidify.) I use Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil that I order from Amazon. I’ve also been happy with the Spectrum Naturals brand I can get at my local Whole Foods or Kroger.

If you don’t have coconut oil on hand, you can substitute olive oil.

Using a pea-sized amount for each hand, dab a bit onto each of your nails, massaging into your nails and cuticles. After a minute or two, gently push back your cuticles. Don’t force anything!

Towel off the sugar and excess oil. (You’ll get better results if you wait a few minutes before washing your hands.)

You can keep any extra scrub around for a week or so.

The scrub gives my nails a beautiful, natural shine, and it’s a lot easier to maintain good-looking natural nails than to keep polished ones looking pretty. I like to use this method every few days to keep my nails and the surrounding skin smooth and healthy.

Now I’ve told you my favorite natural skincare tip. What’s yours?

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Comments

  1. says

    Thanks for the tip! I’m trying that…today! I feel you can always tell how “crunchy” a person is by whether they have coconut oil on hand (and I do!). I really love using coconut oil to take of makeup. It works better than anything else I have ever tried (and it’s so much cheaper too!).

  2. Katie says

    In a fit of spring fever, I actually just painted all my nails for the first time in months. But as soon as they start to chip off, I’m trying this. I have no patience for the painting process and this sounds genius. Ack.

    • Anne says

      It’s the maintenance that kills it for me–and this is so easy! It works for pedicures, too–though I usually do use actual nail polish for my toes.

    • Anne says

      Let me know how it works for you!

      And while coconut oil is a great beauty product, it works really well in the kitchen, too. Because it will take you years to use up a tub of coconut oil on your fingernails!

  3. says

    I love coconut oil and have noticed since I started using it my nails always look shinny even when they are dirty from the garden. I would have to say that my favorite skin care tip is honey and olive oil, I use them to wash my hands after gardening.

    • Anne says

      I didn’t know about the honey and olive oil tip. I’m always looking for something to take pine sap off of my hands–I wonder if that would work?

      • says

        Since honey is also sticky I would think it would work to get the pine sap off of the hands. I simply rub the honey and olive oil into a lather and then rinse off. I suppose if you added a little brown sugar for exfoliating that would help get the pine sap off. I don’t have many pine trees here so I don’t run into that problem too much. Let me know how it works out.

  4. says

    What a great tip! I have a horrible problem with my fingers looking quite awful…hangnails, skin issues, etc. I have to admit that I don’t spend enough time taking care of myself, but I think I will try this! Does it help keep nails from chipping? I have an awful problem with that.

    My tip…if your baby has cradle cap, rub their heads with olive oil and let sit for 10 minutes. Then wash their hair normally… that white flaky skin comes right off and is back to that smooth baby skin we all love! :)

  5. says

    Mmmm.. coconut oil. What a gift from Mother Earth! This is the BEST “lotion” for a pregnant belly. It helped to sooth that itchy belly that I get with pregnancy as well as heal the stretch marks and keep them at bay until less than a month before delivery.

    Coconut oil is also great for using on babies as a simple “lotion” and even helps diaper rash (use liberally) although I haven’t researched if it will wash-out of cotton and microfiber cloth diapers. I haven’t had absorbency problems with our cotton cloth diapers and we have used plenty of coconut oil.

    Thanks for this great post!

  6. says

    Love this idea! My favorite natural skincare is similar…I love to make my own sugar body scrubs usually scented with some type of essential oil.

  7. says

    This sounds wonderful. I don’t usually do anything to my nails, but I always have coconut oil around, & I just quit sugar so I have plenty of that on hand. I’m excited to try this out!

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