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Raggedy cuticles and dry, brittle and even infected nails can all enjoy the benefits that come from using lemon and tea tree oil. No matter how soft or pretty your hands are, if your nails are looking nasty then chances are you'll want to keep them out of sight. If you're looking to give your next manicure or pedicure a taste of natural love, both tea tree oil and lemon can help take your nails from gnarled and not-so-nice to “flaunt 'em!” beautiful.
Benefits of Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil comes from a plant called Melaleuca alternifolia. While the name might leave you a little tongue-tied, there's no confusing the benefits that come from using this essential oil on both your nails and cuticles. Valued for its amazing antiseptic and antibacterial properties, tea tree oil may prove helpful in treating embarrassing fungal infections on the nails of your fingers and toes. Better yet, using it when your nails are healthy may keep you from getting an infection in the first place.
Lemon and Nail Care
The juice from lemons can help make your nails look lovely in a number of different ways. When discolored nails have you hiding your fingernails in shame, using lemon on your nails can help bleach out unsightly stains. If that's not enough, lemons can also keep your polish in place longer by removing excess oils from your nail bed. Not only does it make the nails that you have look their best, but the alpha hydroxy acid found in lemon helps to condition and soften your cuticles to keep them healthy as they grow. Because it's highly acidic, avoid using it out in the sun to prevent irritation.
How To Use Them
Rubbing lemon slices on dingy looking nails is all that's needed to remove stains or remove surface oils. Another option is to soak your fingers in a mixture or water and lemon juice to condition your cuticles while kissing stains goodbye. Treat your fungal nail infections by swabbing tea tree oil directly on your nails and cuticles up to four times a day. Even when your nails are at their best, rub tea tree oil into your cuticles and nail beds to keep your nails moisturized and healthy.
Side Effects of Using Tea Tree Oil in Nail Care
Although tea tree oil can be helpful when it comes to resolving unpleasant nail infections, it can also cause a few problems on its own. The last thing you want is to have blistering, redness or itching on your skin near your cuticle and nail bed because of an allergic reaction. Conducting a small patch test can save you from suffering uncomfortable side effects, especially if you have eczema or are allergic to certain chemical components, such as eucalyptol.