Olive oil is extremely rich in antioxidants and vitamins which can benefit your skin, hair, and nails. But there is also a major reason why it is more commonly used in your food and not in your skincare routine.
So that’s why in this article we will explore the benefits and drawbacks of using olive oil for your nails to help you decide if its right for you.
Benefits of Olive Oil for Nails & Cuticles
1- Increases Nail Growth & Strength
Olive oil if used consistently can help improve nail growth. This is because olive oil will help to make your cuticles healthier by keeping them moisturized and nourished. This will allow the nail matrix the group of cells under the cuticles to produce more nails.
Now after trying olive oil on my nails and cuticles, it did make my nails grow a bit faster and they felt thicker and stronger. But this took a whole month of consistently applying olive oil on my cuticles and nails before seeing any results.
And for me, I have better experiences with other types of oils which tend to work faster and showed more results.
From my research, Olive oil works since it contains a high amount of a compound called Squalene which is a natural antioxidant that has anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties that can help to either repair or keep your nail matrix producing more nails.
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2- Makes Cuticles Healthier
Olive oil will help to make your cuticles healthier and thus:
- Make them have a more even tone with less pigmentation
- And reduce the amount of hangnails and any peeling.
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3- Make Your Manicures Last Longer
One of the things I loved about using Olive oil is that it prevented my manicures from getting dry.
This happens because olive oil when applied over a manicure like acrylic, gel, dip powder, or even nail polish will help to prevent them from losing moisture and drying out.
4- Helps to Heal any Cuts or Damages to your Cuticles
Olive oil has been shown to help accelerate the rate at which wounds heal. This can greatly help to heal cuticles that are damaged and peeling.
Drawbacks of Olive Oil for Cuticles & Nails
Olive oil has 2 main drawbacks:
- It is not suitable for those with sensitive skin since it has been known to cause contact dermatitis which is a red flag – I generally prefer using and recommending oils that can work on all skin types.
- A lot of the nutrients found in olive oil won’t be able to be absorbed into the cuticles. You see the fatty acids in olive oil are very large and can’t really pass through the pores on the cuticles and skin. Unlike other oils like jojoba oil and avocado oil which are easily absorbed.
These 2 main drawbacks are why Olive oil is rarely used in most skincare products since it can cause reactions to those with sensitive skin. And even if it doesn’t cause a reaction Olive oil tends to just sit on your skin rather than be absorbed.
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How to Use Olive Oil for Your Nails
I applied olive oil to my cuticles and nails twice a day usually in the mornings after showering and just before bedtime to leave it overnight.
I highly recommend applying the olive oil to your cuticles and then covering it with a good moisturizer to lock it in. This is what worked for me and is what other experts recommend doing.
Can you apply Olive Oil to cuticles & nails overnight
Yes, you can use olive oil on your nails and cuticles overnight. This will give you the best results especially if you apply a good moisturizer over the olive oil.
Just ensure you patch test your skin during the day with the olive oil and look to see during the course of the day if you have any reaction before applying it overnight.
If you do have a reaction it’s best to have it during the day so you can quickly spot it and wash it off.