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Cuticles are a small, but important, part of your nails’ wellbeing. When healthy and moisturized, they’re virtually unnoticeable as you go about your day. But when your cuticles become dry or damaged, even the smallest movements can make you uncomfortable.

The best way to fully hydrate and maximize the health of your cuticles is to invest in a cuticle cream.

A cuticle cream will hydrate your sensitive cuticle skin and get to work repairing any damage you may have, making it a great addition to anyone’s nail care routine.

Whether you’re looking to strengthen your nails, hydrate your cuticles between manicures, or heal hangnails, there’s a cuticle cream out there just for you. To help you make your decision, we’ve gathered a list of the top 10 cuticle creams on the market. Read on for our evaluation of each cream and find what works best for you.

What You Need to Know About Cuticle Cream

Before we dive into our top picks though, let’s explore the vital info about cuticle cream that can help you decide which one is right for you.

Who Should Use Cuticle Cream?

Anyone can use cuticle cream! Both women and men will benefit from the regular use of cuticle cream, even if they have no damage to repair. Cuticle cream will keep nails hydrated and strong.

Cuticle cream is especially helpful for anyone who gets frequent manicures, performs manual labor, or frequently has their hands submerged in water (nails swell and become weak when continuously covered in water).

If you need help determining the health of your nails, check out our section on how to spot nail damage for more information.

Cuticle Oil vs Cuticle Cream

Though both products aim to moisturize cuticles, there are significant differences between the two.

One, of course, is an oil. This means it has a thinner sheen when applied and is typically more fluid than a cream. You can apply it directly to the cuticle and rub it lightly into your nail.

Cuticle oil is commonly made to be used in tandem with other nail care products, such as hand cream or nail polish, in order to protect the nail.

Conversely, cuticle cream is often used as a stand-alone product. It is designed primarily to boost hydration and heal dry cuticles, but there are several creams out there, like our best overall pick Hard as Hoof Nail Strengthening Cream, that offer benefits beyond cuticle moisturizing.

Cuticle creams are denser in texture than cuticle oil and have a greater variety of hydrating ingredients blended into them. They are best applied when massaged into the cuticle, nail, and surrounding skin.

What to Look for in a Cuticle Cream

Everything from ingredients, to price, to the added benefits of a cuticle cream should be factored into your decision. These things can vary greatly, so it’s important to decide which factors matter most to you in order to get the greatest benefits out of your selected product.

Active Ingredients

Probably the most significant factor in choosing a cuticle cream, the active ingredients can set a great cream apart from a dud.

Look out for things such as shea butter, vitamin E, beeswax, and coconut oil. Each of these ingredients has a lot to offer in terms of hydration and skin health. We go into more depth on why these are good for you below in our cuticle cream ingredient breakdown.

There’s an added bonus for the cream if it is free of sulfates, parabens, and artificial fragrances and dyes, which can irritate the skin with prolonged use.

Affordability

Affordability is important when it comes to finding the perfect cuticle cream. No one wants to have to dig into their rainy-day fund for the sake of a nail care purchase!

But sometimes a little splurge can be worth it for a truly great product. Our premium pick Onsen Japanese Cuticle Cream is a great example of a product that is worth the extra pennies.

Additional Benefits

Cuticle creams can offer a number of benefits besides just repairing cuticles. Many products also soothe hangnails and dry skin around the nail. Others can double as hand creams or nail strengtheners. Some, like Gena’s Healthy Hoof Cream, can even do both.

You may also be interested in getting a cream that is certified cruelty free, like Yes to Coconut Hand and Cuticle Cream.

When choosing a cuticle cream, it is helpful to know what added benefits, if any, you are looking for in a product. This will help you narrow down the creams and select one that is perfectly fitted to your lifestyle.

Now that we’ve discussed what you should be looking out for in a cuticle cream, let’s keep on moving to our list!

Top 10 Best Cuticle Creams 2020

#1

Hard as Hoof Nail Strengthening Cream

#1 Hard as Hoof Nail Strengthening Cream

Best Overall Cream:


Why we like it: This cream touts a time-tested hydrating and strengthening formula good for both your cuticles and nails. Priced affordably, this cream deserves its place at the top of our list.

Editor’s Rating:

At a Glance

  • Active Ingredients: Jojoba oil, calcium, vitamins A and E
  • Additional Benefits: Encourages nail strengthening and growth
  • Affordability: Budget friendly

Hard as Hoof has been around for over 25 years. It’s a moisturizing cuticle cream that also doubles as a nail strengthener. With active ingredients of jojoba oil, calcium, and a range of vitamins including vitamins A and E, this cream is a great choice for someone who wants to include cuticle cream in their daily routine for overall nail health.

This cream can be used over nail polish to keep your cuticles looking healthy throughout your manicure and is budget friendly.

A unique factor of this cream is that it also has calcium added into it to support the growth of your nails.

Unfortunately, this is not a fast-acting cream and it could take you up to a month to see results. Look into our next product, Onsen Japanese Cuticle Cream, if you’re looking for something a little more instantaneous.

Hard as Hoof also has a coconut fragrance added to it. Some may find this scent unpleasant or overwhelming, especially if you prefer nail care products with a more natural smell.

Pros

  • Helps strengthen nails in addition to repairing cuticles
  • Calcium for nail growth
  • Can be used with nail polish

Cons

  • Coconut scent can be unpleasant
  • Can take up to a month to see results
#2

Onsen Japanese Cuticle Cream

#2 Onsen Japanese Cuticle Cream

Best Premium Cream:


Why we like it: Onsen Japanese Cuticle Cream gets to work on your cuticles instantly and is blended with minerals straight from Japan’s hot springs. It’s truly a luxury product worth talking about.

Editor’s Rating:

At a Glance

  • Active Ingredients: Shea butter, vitamin E, aloe vera
  • Additional benefits: Great for daily use
  • Affordability: On the pricier side

If you are looking for something to get to work repairing your cuticles fast, look no further than Onsen Japanese Cuticle Cream. Their formula, enhanced with minerals straight from Japan’s hot springs, shea butter, and aloe vera, is great for soothing your cuticles. You will be able to see the difference in your cuticles after just one application.

Onsen also has a unique mess-free application tip on its tube, perfect for applying on the go.

It is fragrance free, color free, and free of sulfates and parabens, making it a good fit for daily use and for regular use as preventative care.

This cream is on the more expensive end which may be a deal breaker for some, especially if they plan on using the cream regularly. Additionally, Onsen Japanese Cuticle Cream is not the best choice if you are looking to repair severely damaged cuticles and nails, or if you are also looking to heal hangnails.

Pros

  • Instant results
  • Enhanced with Japanese hot spring minerals
  • Mess-free application

Cons

  • Pricier than other creams
  • Not the best for severe damage repair
#3

Yes to Coconut Hand and Cuticle Cream

#3 Yes to Coconut Hand and Cuticle Cream

Best Budget Cream:


Why we like it: Doubling as a hand cream, cruelty-free Yes to Coconut features allantoin to help soothe and protect your cuticles all for one great, budget friendly price.

Editor’s Rating:

At a Glance

  • Active Ingredients: Coconut oil, shea butter, allantoin
  • Additional Benefits: Certified cruelty-free
  • Affordability: Very budget friendly

Yes to Coconut is certified cruelty-free and a simple, yet effective, solution to your dry cuticle needs. This cream blends coconut oil with shea butter and allantoin, a plant-based ingredient known to regenerate skin, to create a deeply hydrating solution for dry hands and nails.

This product, like our organic pick Badger Cuticle Care, works well with sensitive skin due to its small number of all-natural ingredients.

You also get more bang for your buck with Yes to Coconut since it is one of the cheapest and highest quantities of cream on our list.

If you are constantly working with or washing your hands, this may not be the cream for you. It is not as deeply repairing or hydrating as other brands, and does need to be constantly reapplied to get the desired results, something that is hard to do if you are always using your hands.

Pros

  • Cruelty-free
  • Features allantoin for skin regeneration
  • Inexpensive

Cons

  • Need to constantly reapply
#4

Chamuel Tea Tree Oil Balm

#4 Chamuel Tea Tree Oil Balm

Best Multipurpose Cream:


Why we like it: This cream does it all, from moisturizing cuticles, to curing chapped lips, to soothing insect bites. A cream this multipurposed is a winner in our eyes.

Editor’s Rating:

At a Glance

  • Active Ingredients: Jojoba oil, beeswax, tea tree oil
  • Additional Benefits: Works for soothing itches or hydrating chapped lips
  • Affordability: On the pricier side

The Chamuel Tea Tree Oil Balm is thinner than a true cuticle cream, but lacks none of the healing properties. This balm is perfect for not just repairing dry cuticles and the skin around your nails, but for giving you relief as it gets to work. The addition of peppermint oil provides a cool soothing effect to your nails or anywhere else you use this balm.

It can double as a remedy for insect bites, razor burns, and chapped lips, all while providing a refreshing orange scent. And if you love citrus scents, definitely look at Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream too.

With essential oils such as tea tree and peppermint oil blended into this cream, it may not be the best choice for someone with sensitive skin. These oils could irritate the skin and cause it to be drier instead of healing it.

The Chamuel Tea Tree Oil Balm also takes longer to absorb into the skin because of these same oils, which could be problematic if you don’t have the time to wait.

Pros

  • Also works for insect bites
  • Soothes cuticles
  • Cooling effect due to peppermint oil

Cons

  • Takes a while to absorb
  • May irritate sensitive skin
#5

Badger Cuticle Care

#5 Badger Cuticle Care

Best Organic Cream:


Why we like it: A balm similar to the Chamuel Tea Tree Oil Balm above, this cuticle product is certified organic and chock-full of healing ingredients.

Editor’s Rating:

At a Glance

  • Active Ingredients: Shea butter, beeswax, castor oil
  • Additional Benefits: Works as an overnight treatment
  • Affordability: Budget friendly

If organic products are your thing, look no further than Badger Cuticle Care. Every ingredient is sustainably sourced and certified organic so you know exactly where your product comes from. This also makes it a good choice if you have sensitive skin and are looking for a small number of ingredients.

Shea butter provides hydration to your cuticles, which can be enhanced by using this product as an overnight treatment. Simply coat your cuticles and nails with the balm and cover with cotton gloves before bed.

Despite its small size, Badger Cuticle Care lasts a long time; not much is needed with each application, which is certain to save you money in the long run.

It can be hard to open the tin this balm is in though, and the texture can feel especially greasy to some. This balm wouldn’t be the best choice for someone who wants to easily moisturize their cuticles throughout the day.

Pros

  • Certified organic
  • Can be used as an overnight therapy
  • A little goes a long way

Cons

  • Can feel greasy
  • Hard to open tin
#6

Gena Healthy Hoof Cream

#6 Gena Healthy Hoof Cream

Best Cream for Working Hands:


Why we like it: Designed for people who work with their hands, Gena Healthy Hoof Cream boasts a potent formula that hydrates and cures even the most damaged cuticles and nails.

Editor’s Rating:

At a Glance

  • Active Ingredients: Castor oil, soybean, beeswax
  • Additional Benefits: Great for working hands
  • Affordability: Very budget friendly

Gena Healthy Hoof cream absorbs quickly and hydrates intensely. This makes it a good pick for someone who works with their hands or is constantly washing their hands. It quickly gets to work on your cuticles and dry skin while you get back to your job.

This cream can also repair damage caused by acrylic nail use; the addition of soybean and castor oil thoroughly hydrates severely damaged cuticles and nails.

However, the texture of this cream can be fairly sticky, and Gena Healthy Hoof does contain dyes and parabens, which may be a drawback for some. Learn more about the downside of these ingredients here.

Pros

  • Absorbs quick
  • Repairs damage from acrylic nails
  • Great for working hands

Cons

  • Contains dyes and parabens
  • Texture can be sticky
#7

OPI ProSpa Protective Cream

#7 OPI ProSpa Protective Cream

Best Professional Cream:


Why we like it: Featuring peptides and shea butter, OPI ProSpa Protective Cream will surely leave your skin looking more hydrated and younger than what you started with.

Editor’s Rating:

At a Glance

  • Active Ingredients: Shea butter, peptides
  • Additional Benefits: Protects cuticles and nails
  • Affordability: On the pricier side

A well-known professional brand, OPI ProSpa is one of the first brands to blend peptides into their cuticle cream. These amino acids boost collagen, giving you fuller, younger looking skin.

This cream is designed to protect your cuticles and nails, making it a good choice for someone who wants to be proactive about their nail care.

The consistency of OPI ProSpa can be rather runny, so if you are someone who wants a protective cream with a thicker consistency, try looking at Caudalie Nourishing and Protective Cream instead.

Pros

  • Protects cuticles and skin
  • Professional brand
  • Includes peptides for youthful skin

Cons

  • Runny consistency
#8

Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream

#8 Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream

Best Scented Cream:


Why we like it: A popular choice due to its subtle lemon scent, Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream will moisturize your cuticles and leave them feeling softer than ever.

Editor’s Rating:

At a Glance

  • Active Ingredients: Vitamin E, beeswax
  • Additional Benefits: Cuticle softening
  • Affordability: Budget friendly

Burt’s Bees Lemon Cuticle Cream is a great choice for people looking for an understated, yet effective, cuticle moisturizer. It is especially popular with men because of its convenient-carry tin and subtle lemon scent. The combination of vitamin E and beeswax makes this cream especially softening for your cuticles.

This cream is a great choice for someone who doesn’t need intense repair and wants to stay away from artificially scented creams.

However, because the main ingredient is beeswax, the texture of this cream can feel too waxy and is hard to rub into the skin for some. It also cannot be used with nail polish as there is a chance it will discolor it. For a cream that is nail polish friendly, try Hard as Hoof Nail Strengthening Cream.

Pros

  • Fresh lemon scent
  • Convenient-carry tin
  • Cuticle softening

Cons

  • Waxy texture
  • Can’t be used with nail polish
#9

Caudalie Nourishing and Protective Cream

#9 Caudalie Nourishing and Protective Cream

Best Cream for Hands:


Why we like it: Caudalie makes it easy to nourish and protect your cuticles with this cream. It’s full of antioxidants from grape seed oil and doubles as a hand and foot cream so you get the best of both worlds.

Editor’s Rating:

At a Glance

  • Active Ingredients: Shea butter, grape seed oil
  • Additional Benefits: Doubles as a hand and foot cream
  • Affordability: On the pricier side

Grape seed oil really makes this cream stand out. It is full of antioxidants, including vitamin E, that work with your skin to hydrate and support cellular function.

It is fast acting, providing you with improved cuticles after the first few uses.

Claudalie also doubles as a hand and foot cream, so you can make sure all of your most sensitive skin areas stay moisturized and protected.

If you have severely cracked and damaged skin, this may not be the cream for you. This cream can give a burning sensation to cracked skin and further irritate skin and cuticles in need of serious repair. It is also not the best cream for hangnails for that same reason. Skip to our next product Sally Hansen Cuticle Massage Cream if hangnails are a concern for you.

Pros

  • Full of grape seed oil antioxidants
  • Fast acting
  • Doubles as a hand and foot cream

Cons

  • Can burn if you have cracked skin
  • Doesn’t help with hangnails
#10

Sally Hansen Cuticle Massage Cream

#10 Sally Hansen Cuticle Massage Cream

Best Cream for Hangnails:


Why we like it: Sally Hansen features exfoliating apricot oil in its cream blend, making it great for hydrating cuticles and eliminating those pesky hangnails.

Editor’s Rating:

At a Glance

  • Active Ingredients: Apricot oil, beeswax
  • Additional Benefits: Exfoliation
  • Affordability: On the pricier side

This cream features apricot oil and beeswax for a one-two punch of exfoliation and hydration. Apricot oil will also help if you have severe hangnails you want to get rid of.

It is one of the smoothest creams on the list, with a rich texture that won’t leave your skin feeling greasy.

Because it is a massage cream, Sally Hansen needs to be thoroughly massaged into your cuticles and nails to get the best benefits from it. This can take a while and may not be a good choice for someone who wants to moisturize their cuticles quickly on the go.

It also contains parabens, dyes, and artificial fragrances, which can be off-putting for someone looking for a more natural product like Badger’s Organic Cuticle Care.

Pros

  • Great for healing hangnails
  • Apricot oil for exfoliation
  • Smooth, creamy texture

Cons

  • Needs to be thoroughly massaged in
  • Contains artificial fragrances and dyes

Guide to Purchasing Cuticle Cream

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Still have questions about cuticle cream? Don’t worry; we’ve got answers! Read on for everything you could want to know about cuticle cream, as well as how to care for your nails.

Why Should I Care About My Cuticles?

Your cuticles are the only thing standing between a you with nails and a you without nails.

Ok, that may be a slight exaggeration, but cuticles are very important when it comes to overall nail health.

Your cuticle is the thin layer of skin at the bottom edge of your fingers and toes. It protects the nail from bacteria as it grows out from the nail root.

It is a very sensitive area of skin and can easily become dried out or damaged. This, if left untreated, can lead to infection, which in turn can cause blisters, tenderness, or nail detachment (we warned you!).

It’s important to take good care of your cuticles daily to prevent them from becoming damaged. If you are looking for a product suited to daily use, check out Onsen Japanese Cuticle Cream or Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream.

What Causes Cuticle Damage?

Jobs that are harsh on hands like dishwashing, carpentry, or guitar playing are likely to dry out and damage cuticles. People who often work with their hands would benefit from Gena’s Healthy Hoof Cream.

Additionally, cuticle damage can be caused by pulling off hangnails instead of trimming them, biting and picking at your nails or nail polish, and overuse of nail products like acrylics or acetone-based removers.

How to Spot Damage

It is pretty easy to tell when your cuticles and nails are becoming damaged. The skin around your nails will be dry, maybe even itchy. Your cuticles will appear cracked and as if they are pulling back from your nail. You may even start to develop hangnails.

More subtle signs of damage include weak nails, nails that break easily, or tenderness around the cuticles.

Should I Cut My Cuticles?

Cutting your cuticles is probably not a good idea, even if you are having a professional do it. After you have cut back your cuticle, there is more space for bacteria to come in contact with your nail root and cause an infection.

Most nail salons will argue that cutting the cuticles helps nail polish stay on longer, and while it may do that, the risk of infection makes it something you should consider avoiding altogether.

If you really need to move your cuticles off of your nail, try gently pushing them back and trimming them.

To do this, soften your cuticles in water before massaging in your favorite cuticle cream. Then, apply cuticle remover and gently push the cuticle back towards your skin with a cuticle pusher. Trim off any excess skin or hangnails you see, being careful to not cut the cuticle completely off.

The Benefits of Cuticle Cream

Cuticle cream has a number of benefits to offer your nails. When used consistently, your cuticles will stay hydrated and healthy looking year-round.

Nail Nourishment and Strengthening

As you moisturize your cuticles, you are also nourishing your nails. The ingredients in the cuticle cream will benefit your nails, providing them with the vitamins and hydration they need to grow out healthy.

Cuticle creams can also strengthen your nails. Many creams have added ingredients to support strong nails, so every time you use them, your cuticles and nails get a little bit more resilient.

Increased Blood Flow

The act of massaging cuticle cream into your fingers increases blood flow to the area. In turn, this increased blood flow helps to regenerate your skin cells and carry away any harmful waste products. This all adds up to give you fresher looking, faster growing cuticles and nails.

Skin Protection

Applying a cuticle cream will protect both your cuticles and the skin around it. It provides a barrier between your skin and the environment, keeping bacteria out and locking moisture in.

For a cuticle cream that is especially good at protection, look at OPI’s ProSpa Protective Cream or Caudalie’s Nourishing and Protective Cream.

Cuticle Cream Ingredient Breakdown

The ingredients below are some of the most popular cuticle cream additions. They can be found individually or blended together in creams across the market. Look out for them in your favorite products to understand the unique benefits each one offers to your cuticle health.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is one of the most common ingredients when it comes to cuticle creams. It is an antioxidant that supports immune system function, cellular function, and overall skin health. Vitamin E can also help to reduce UV damage on your skin.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A speeds up healing and is responsible for that healthy glow hydrated skin often has. It is especially beneficial for the top two layers of your skin, making it perfect for moisturizing your sensitive cuticles.

Beeswax

Beeswax is anti-inflammatory. It’s great for soothing skin and adding a protective layer between your skin and the environment, which helps keep out dirt and prevent damage in the long run.

Coconut Oil

With its antimicrobial properties and superior hydrating benefits, it’s easy to see why coconut oil is the main ingredient in many different cuticle creams. It can help heal wounds and prevent bacteria from causing an infection in your cuticles.

Shea Butter

Another key cuticle cream ingredient, shea butter has high concentrations of fatty acids. This makes it perfect for softening and soothing damaged cuticles and skin.

Aloe Vera

You may have heard of using aloe vera for a sunburn, but did you know it can be used for your cuticles too? Aloe vera is naturally high in antioxidants and vitamins, and is very soothing to skin. It’s perfect for returning damaged nails to a healthy state.

Castor Oil

Castor oil contains essential fatty acids, which help restore the skin’s natural moisture balance. It is great for repairing severely dry skin and cuticles.

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is easily absorbed into the skin. It sinks in and doesn’t evaporate easily, which means it’s perfect for long-lasting hydration.

Apricot Oil

A star ingredient in Sally Hansen’s Cuticle Massage Cream, apricot oil exfoliates and moisturizes the skin, helping to eliminate patches of dry skin and hangnails.

Essential Oils

There are several different types of essential oils that can be added into cuticle cream. They can be used for either adding fragrance or for their health benefits. Some of the more popular choices are lavender, chamomile, tea tree, and peppermint oil.

If you’re interested in a cream full of essential oils, check out Chamuel Tea Tree Oil Balm. It’s got more than one of these oils added into its soothing blend.

Consider Avoiding These Ingredients

While regulated by the FDA and typically considered safe in small doses, the following ingredients have some drawbacks that may make you want to consider avoiding them in a cuticle cream.

Parabens

Parabens are synthetic compounds that are added to personal care products as a preservative. The main concern with parabens is that they could potentially disrupt the body’s hormone cycle, which can lead to the possibility of developing cancer.

Sulfates

Sulfates are added into personal care products as a cleaning agent. They are very effective at getting rid of dirt and oils. The downside of this is that they can be very drying to your skin with continued use. This can be counterproductive in a cream meant to moisturize cuticles, so you may want to avoid sulfates in your cuticle cream.

Artificial Dyes and Fragrances

Both artificial dyes and fragrances have the potential to cause allergic reactions or irritate skin. If you are someone with especially sensitive skin, it may be better for you to avoid these ingredients.

How to Use Cuticle Cream

Generally, instructions for how to use your cuticle cream will be included when you purchase the product, though there are some things you can keep in mind that will help maximize the efficiency of your cream.

Consider Using Cuticle Cream at Night

You can do more than just sleep at night; you can moisturize your cuticles at the same time! Wearing cuticle cream to bed (under a pair of cotton gloves for best results) exposes your cuticles to several hours of uninterrupted hydration.

This can speed up recovery if you are trying to repair severe damage. It can also be a great part of a nightly routine for someone who forgets to apply cream throughout the day.

Badger Organic Cuticle Cream makes a great choice if you plan to use your cream overnight.

Be Consistent

If you want to repair your nails and cuticles, consistency is the key. Reapply your cream throughout the day or use it every night.

Onsen Japanese Cuticle Cream has an easy application tip if you want to carry your cream with you and apply it regularly.

Use Cuticle Cream in Between Manicures

Manicures, while looking fantastic, can be extremely drying on your cuticles and nails. If you are someone who gets manicures a lot, consider waiting several weeks between them to give your nails time to breathe. Use cuticle cream during this time.

If you want to take extra steps towards hydrated cuticles, use Hard as Hoof Nail Strengthening Cream while your manicure is still on. This product can be applied over nail polish (but not gel tips or acrylics) to keep you moisturized at all times.

Pro Tips for Healthy Nails and Cuticles

To help your nails and cuticles stay as healthy as possible, keep these tips in mind.

Be Proactive

Moisturize your cuticles often so you don’t give skin dryness or damage a chance to occur.

Don’t Ignore Nail Changes

Anything from nails becoming thinner to sudden dry skin can indicate nail damage. Begin a nail care regime or see a doctor to address these changes in your nails.

Give Time Between Manicures

Manicures can be extremely drying for your cuticles. Try to keep manicures and acrylic nail use to a minimum. If you can, wait a few weeks in between applications to give your nails time to breathe and be rehydrated with cuticle cream.

Use Products Without Harsh Ingredients

When caring for your cuticles and nails, always try to select products that are water-based, acetone and alcohol free, and free from harsh ingredients like sulfates and parabens. Doing this will give you a healthier nail overall.

Making Your Own Cuticle Cream

If you’re a DIY fanatic or just plain love the idea of making your own cuticle cream, you’re in luck. Cuticle cream is fairly easy to make at home, and can be more economical if you anticipate going through a lot of it.

Most of the ingredients you will need are available in beauty stores, pharmacies, and vitamin shops; you can personalize the cream to fit your specific skin type and cuticle needs.

To make your own cream, you will need a base material and a carrier oil. The base material should be something like shea butter or beeswax. You can pick from a variety of carrier oils like castor oil or coconut oil to add into the base material. Look back at our section on ingredient if you need help choosing what to use.

You can also select a fragrant oil (like citrus) to add in for scent or other essential oils that will bring health benefits to your cream.

Steps

  1. Melt your base material into the heatproof bowl. Make sure it stays warm throughout the process so it doesn’t begin to resolidify as you are adding the other ingredients.
  2. Add in your carrier oil and stir, making sure they are well blended.
  3. Add in your optional fragrance and essential oils.
  4. Transfer mixture to a pot or mason jar and wait for it to return to room temperature.
  5. Moisturize those cuticles!

Check out this article for pictures to help you through the process.

Takeaways

For many people, cuticles are out of sight and out of mind. However, cuticles play an important part in your nail’s overall health and appearance, and you want to make sure to take care of them accordingly. Diligently use cuticle cream to hydrate your cuticles, prevent damage, and build stronger nails.

We hope that this list makes your decision of which cuticle cream to purchase easier, and that you now have a better understanding of which cream best fits your lifestyle. Happy hydrating!