Do you put a lot of thought into your cuticles? What about the health of your fingernails? Maybe you get a manicure every once and a while and that’s about the only time your cuticles and nails get any love. But they need more than that! While both your cuticles and your nails will probably never need the same level of attention that you give to your facial skin and even hair, they still benefit from some TLC every once in a while. Especially if you are someone who struggles with cuticle and nail quality, regular care towards these two areas can go a long way. And the good news? It doesn’t have to be hard, expensive or complicated.

If you want to take care of your fingernails and cuticles, it can be as simple as using some raw African Shea butter every day. Simply use a little bit as a hand cream and make sure to spread it over your fingernails and cuticles to reap the benefits it has to offer you. The reason Shea butter works so well for nail health is due to the high percentage of therapeutic essential fatty acids it has. These go to work strengthening, healing and rebuilding your nails and cuticles so they don’t tear, chip, or grow in uneven.

You can also use Shea butter as a deep healing treatment for your nails and cuticles once a week, or even once a month for added support and maintenance. Simply treat the Shea butter as if it were paraffin wax and let it really soak in before removing the bulk of it and leaving a thin, protective layer on afterward. You could also mix your Shea butter with another oil that helps to heal and strengthen fingernails and cuticles, such as Jojoba for even greater variety and healing synergy.

You don’t have to spend a lot of time worrying about the health of your nails. You also don’t have to spend a lot of money taking care of them. Something as simple as using a bit of raw Shea butter every day can do wonders for the health and strength of your fingernails and cuticles. It’s easy, economical and most importantly, it’s effective. Feel free to mix up a little Shea and Jojoba oil concoction if you like DIY projects for a little variation on this incredibly user friendly nail health balm.