When is the last time you looked at your nails? No, really looked, not just polished them in a hurry before a special event or filed down a jagged edge. It’s time to give your nails some more love, and that means taking care of your cuticles. And it’s important to take care of them the right way. Don’t even think about cutting them. According to Today, cutting or picking at your cuticles can dry them out and possibly lead to infection and ridges. Yikes! Instead, try these cuticle care products to keep them strong and healthy.
Yup, you read that right. According to Real Simple, you already have cuticle care products at home. A little bit of hair conditioner, some water and a washcloth are all you need to soften your cuticles and push them back, while olive oil can help seal in moisture post-shower. Check out this two-minute tutorial that shows just how easy and inexpensive it is to maintain a healthy nail bed.
$17.95 for 1.5 oz. at Lush
This ultra-rich hydrating sensation has an unbelievable sugared lemon scent and is packed with goodness, including organic lemon infusion, which helps treat discoloration in nails and the nail bed, along with mango butter, extra virgin coconut oil, cold-pressed avocado, wheat germ and linseed oils and beeswax to hydrate and protect. It’s also a supreme multi-tasker and can be used on dry elbows, cracked heels and almost anywhere else that's too dry. This product, while amazing, does contain parabens and synthetic fragrance, so if you’re looking for a similar product that’s totally natural, try…
$5.99 for .60 oz. at CVS Pharmacy
This tiny tin of goodness is a great everyday ointment for keeping cuticles in good shape with a scent reminiscent of lemon water ice courtesy of lemon peel oil and healing ingredients such as sweet almond oil, beeswax, cocoa butter, sunflower seed oil and rosemary extract. It also contains vitamin E to strengthen nails.
$16 for 1 oz. at Ulta
If your nails need serious help, this is the cream for you. The unique formula fortifies nails in myriad ways. Like the other creams and oils on this list, Rejuvenail contains hydrating ingredients such as shea butter, sweet almond oil and hyaluronic acid, plus nourishing extras such as vitamin E and antioxidant green tea extract. The ingredients that set this cream apart from the pack are Keratin Protein Peptide, which promotes growth and makes nails stronger, and Pentavitin, which helps nails retain moisture.
$24 for 2 oz. at Sephora
Another multitasking wonder for fans of eco-friendly beauty, this organic, naturally scented balm is chock full of nature’s healers, including shea butter, avocado oil, beeswax, vitamin E, peppermint essential oil and rosehip seed oil for a boost of vitamin C. Keep this one around to moisturize all your rough spots.
$45 at Sephora
Flawless cuticles are easy to achieve with this kit. In addition to The Cure, a cuticle cream enriched with antioxidant raspberry stem cell extract, hydrating sodium hyaluronate and red algae, this kit is also equipped with Cuticle Remover, a special exfoliating formula containing lanolin that primes cuticles to be pushed back. Use the professional stainless-steel cuticle pusher to gently push back cuticles, and moisturize your cuticle with Cuticle Oil, a powerhouse blend of jojoba oil, coconut oil and vitamin E. This kit also includes a step-by-step guide that walks you through the cuticle care process.
$13.88 for 15 oz. at Walmart
For those of you who want to control exactly what goes into your beauty products, try making your own cuticle creams. Coconut oil provides a great base, as it moisturizes nails and cuticles beautifully. Best of all, the DIY cuticle oil recipes courtesy of SheKnows that contain coconut oil only involve two ingredients and cost pennies to make. Try the super easy Coconut Lavender Cuticle Balm or Coconut Aloe Cuticle Balm, or if you have a little bit more time, Cocoa Butter Cuticle Cream, which also consists of two ingredients but requires a little bit more work.