Adding a fresh coat of nail polish to your nails is practically pointless when you have dry, cracked cuticles. But during the cold-weather months, the skin around your fingertips are more prone to moisture loss and peeling. So what's a girl to do?
Drinking more water and laying off the acetone-based nail polish removers are great ways to restore hydration to your cuticles. However, if you're in need of immediate care, we've got you covered.
Below are nine cuticle creams, oils and salves that will help to repair your dry cuticles.
1. CND Solar Oil Nail & Cuticle Conditioner. We keep a bottle of this almond oil, jojoba oil and vitamin E blended nail and cuticle conditioner on our office desks at all times. The thin brush makes it easy to apply, leaving behind a non-greasy sheen. ($11.50, CND.com)
2. C.O. Bigelow Lavender Salve. The soothing lavender extract heals our dry skin and gives this all-purpose salve a luxurious touch. Plus, it's safe to use on your face, lips and elbows. ($14, Liberty.co.uk)
3. Julep Hand And Cuticle Stick. This no-fuss and no-mess stick delivers moisture in just one swipe thanks to its shea butter, almond oil and vitamins C and E formula. Our carry-on bags aren't fully packed without it. ($22, Sephora.com)
4. Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream. We can always run into our local drugstore and pick up this cuticle cream. Not only is the price right, but the buttery lemon scent is intoxicating. ($6, Ulta.com)
5. Formula X For Sephora Erase Cuticle Cream. This nail brand may be new to Sephora, but it packs quite the punch. It softens the cuticle, exfoliates dead skin cells and enhances the appearance of your nails. ($14, Sephora.com)
6. Deborah Lippmann Cuticle Oil. Celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann leaves out parabens and sulfates and fuses her signature cuticle oil with intensely hydrating ingredients such as coconut oil and vitamin E. And don't you love the cute little medicine dropper? ($20, Sephora.com)
7. Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil. Achieving softer and sexier cuticles is super simple with this TSA-friendly cuticle oil made out of essential vitamins and oils. ($9, Target.com)
8. Eve Lom Cuticle Cream. Don't be fooled by this tiny pot. Inside lies a quick-absorbing moisturizer blended with chamomile, yarrow oil and antioxidants that will protect your skin from the harsh winter elements. ($24, Nordstrom.com)
9. Clinique Deep Comfort Hand And Cuticle Cream. If we had to sum up this product in one word, it would be rich. That's why we prefer using it at night so that we wake up with smooth nail beds. ($20, NeimanMarcus.com)
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