DIY: Nail soak for stronger nails

Hello everyone!

Do you have dry cuticles? Are your nails breaking and splitting? 

Try this DIY nail soak recipe to strengthen nails and prevent splitting. This nail soak will also soften and hydrate cuticles. Unfortunately, this winter has been rather harsh on my nails (and skin)!

Many use moisturising hand creams throughout the day, especially after washing and before bed. But sometimes, you can still have dry nails and cuticles. The cuticle protects your nails by acting as a barrier against bacteria. It can get dry and crack easily, especially during the colder months. Dry cuticles will flake, crack, or peel and this may allow bacteria to enter your nails and cause an infection. Without adequate moisture, our nails can become brittle, break and peel easily.

If you are dealing with dry nails and cuticles, this DIY nail soak recipe is just what you need.


woman with manicured hands

  • 1 cup of hot water
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil (moisturising and strengthening)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice (removes nail stains)
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves (helps in strengthening nails)
  • 4 drops of vitamin E oil (prevents peeling, cracking and yellowing of nails)

You may use 2-3 drops of essential oil instead of the rosemary leaves.

  1. Boil water.
  2. Transfer the water to a glass bowl large enough to immerse your hands.
  3. Add the dried rosemary leaves and let them seep in the water for a few minutes.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients and stir well.
  5. Soak your fingers in the bowl for 5-10 minutes.
  6. Wash your hands and apply cuticle oil.

Cuticle oil is usually made of a blend of oils and sometimes contains vitamins. 

Cuticle oil softens and hydrates the cuticle area. It is quick-absorbing and conditions your nails to help prevent future dryness and cracking. In cases of extreme dryness and damage, cuticle oil can help moisturise your cuticle and nail, restoring it to health.

You can also try these tips to strengthen your nails:

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Use gloves when cleaning. 
  • Keep your nails short to avoid chipping.
  • Avoid harsh chemicals in nail polish or nail polish remover. 
  • Take a break from gel nails or acrylics.
  • Don't use your nails as tools.
  • Use hand cream and cuticle oil every day.

How do you take care of your nails during the winter months? Leave a comment and let me know!

Talk soon,


I'm a vegan with a passion for sustainability and clean, cruelty-free products. I mainly write lifestyle, wellness and self-care articles. Since I'm a true crime enthusiast, sometimes I also write about true crime and post videos on my two YouTube channels.

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