DIY Manicure: Moisturizing and Strengthening Soak for Nails


Your nails are often neglected when it comes to physical health. Indeed, they’re tough, so no wonder you torture them relentlessly with nail polish and nail polish remover on the reg without much tender love and care for due balance. It’s time for a DIY manicure nail soak.

The nail bath is a simple way to strengthen your nails and the surrounding skin and cuticles. Nails are made of a tough protein called keratin. But due to the daily wear and tear imposed upon them and our less-than-perfect diets, nails can often turn frail, weak, and dry. The skin surrounding your nails is also of great importance because if dry or torn, this skin can be prone to infection and pain.

Bathe your nails in this soak to prove that you are really only a few short ingredients away from a spa-like manicure treatment. The milk provides the skin with calcium and soothing effects. Meanwhile, the honey offers a host of antioxidants, enzymes, minerals, and nutrients. Honey is also a natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent, which means it can allay sore corners of nail skin as well as fend against bacteria. The egg yolks fluently speak nail language – protein – and work to prevent nails from deteriorating. Together, these ingredients soften, strengthen and soothe your nails and the skin surrounding them. A few drops of essential oils  leave a lasting, aromatic touch. Enjoy!

Homemade Nail Soak

For one-time use


  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 egg yolks, beaten
  • 1/4 cup milk or yogurt
  • 3-4 drops of your favorite essential oil (e.g. lavender, chamomile, etc.)


In a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients until they form a paste. Soak nails in the past for at least 10 minutes. Rinse and dry. Repeat 1-2 times per week.

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