Thursday, September 17, 2015

UPdate: Naked Nails and Rosehip Seed Oil

Happy Thursday!

Boy, has this week really gotten away from me or what? Sorry for the lack of posts after the flurry of last week. Business-related stuff kind of got in the way but I did want to at least get in a naked nail update this week. You’ll have to forgive the shorties mingling with the longer nails. I just haven’t taken the time to sit still long enough to do some filing, but that’s coming.



The left hand is looking pretty good. The nail bed of that pointer is a little on the short side right now thanks to recently lifting. But the nail line is finally even and the nail bed will recover in time.

My right hand, on the other hand (which is the other hand…whatever), is not faring so well. I have some lifting on pretty much every nail with the exception of the thumb, the worst being on the pointer. That tends to happen once one nail starts lifting. The others just have to join in, I guess.

Let’s take a closer look at that pointer.



Don’t worry. It doesn’t hurt, but the nail bed can tend to dry out in a noticeable way. After all, that is the protective nail plate unattached to the vulnerable nail bed. Air and water get inside there and the unprotected part can feel dry and tight, just like the skin on the rest of the body without moisturizer. 

Also, notice here how that nail is flat and kind of slopes upward a bit instead of curving downward like it should.


It’s also a lot flatter in the C-curve area.


While the C-curve of my nails is rarely perfect, this particular nail does normally curve a bit more than this.

So, what am I doing to treat this issue? Oiling. A lot of oiling.

I’ve been using rosehip seed oil as the primary treatment along with the mixture of nail oils I use on a regular basis. I've put some of the rosehip seed oil into a brown dropper bottle to make it easier to use.


Notice that gorgeous red/amber color. Wait - can an oil be called gorgeous?

Rosehip seed oil is made by either cold-pressing or slow-cooking the fruit seeds of the wild rose bush plant called Rosa affinis rubiginosa, with most of the oil extract coming from the wild rose plants grown in the southern Andean Mountains, in Chile and Argentina. Cold-pressing is best since heating robs the oil of some of its nutrient value. It’s that nutrient value that makes this oil so good for various uses.

Those nutrients include: vitamin A and C, essential fatty acids omega-6 and omega-3, and antioxidants lycopene and beta-carotene. The oil is sometimes used in skin care products and has been known to correct dark spots and hydrate dry, itchy skin as well as reduce scars and fine lines. Results probably vary, as with all skincare product claims.

This is considered a dry oil that is non-greasy and super light. It does seem to sink into the skin without that oily residue some oils can leave behind. I use 7 drops as a facial serum and I can tell you that it has improved many of the issues I was having. I put this on directly after using my toner and before applying my eye cream. That gives it time to sink all the way in before I apply the rest of the products I use on my face. It’s not an overnight cure, but I’m liking what it’s doing for me. 

A word of caution, however. This is an essential oil and can cause adverse reactions for some people. I have sensitive skin with certain allergies but so far, I haven’t seen any bad reactions since I’ve been using it. Another warning I saw as I did my research is that girls with very oily skin might want to pass on it for facial care. 

For my nails, I apply 1 drop beneath the tip of each nail (or on top for the shorties) then rub it in. I could probably use less, but I like to rub the excess into my hands to give them a treat as well. I’ll follow that with my normal nail oil mix (which includes some rosehip seed oil). By doing this on a more or less regular basis, the appearance of my nail beds have greatly improved. While I don’t think it’s an instant cure all, I do find that for me, it does the job I want it to do.

Rosehip seed oil can be purchased pretty much anywhere. Just make sure you get the cold-pressed and organic version or you might not get all of the benefits from using the oil. I highly recommend doing your own research before buying. See below for links to the sites I visited to gather the information posted here.

Not sure I’ll get to any more posts the rest of the week. I do have three more beauty boxes to show you, with two more on the way. Lots of good products to try this month.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned.

Penny

Info Sources: Huffington Post, Sustain, Create, and Flow, Body+Soul (Australia), LiveStrong


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