There’s No Better Time Than Summer to Start Caring About Your Cuticles

Elizabeth Denton
There’s No Better Time Than Summer to Start Caring About Your Cuticles
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While there’s nothing better than a killer manicure, if your natural nails and hands aren’t in shape, it doesn’t matter what kind of nail art you’re rocking. Your nails are never going to be Instagram-ready. Finally get your digits in check with the best cuticle care around, including nourishing oils, hydrating balms and softening creams. And it’s not just about what your nails look like. Cuticle products can help strengthen and shine your nails, smoothing out your cuticles and making them more manageable. Because when your cuticles are dry, they’re susceptible to hangnails and maybe even an infection.

Keep one of these cuticle products in your bathroom or near your bed—anywhere you spend a few minutes doing some self-care. You don’t have to spend a ton of time. Just rub one of these onto your nails and into your cuticles and you’ll see them change right before your eyes. Soon, you’ll be ready to show off your new mani.

isdin nail strengthener

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Isdin SI-Nails Nail Strengthener

This handy nail strengthener comes in a convenient pen for easy application wherever you are. The formula includes hyaluronic acid to draw moisture in and keratin to strengthen nails. Even better: it absorbs quickly and won’t leave behind grease and oil.

$30 at Amazon

burts bees lemon butter

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Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream

Burt’s Bees fans love the brand’s lip balm and body lotion, so it makes total sense the lemon-infused cuticle cream would be stellar, as well.

$6.29 at Amazon

essie cuticle oil

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Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil

Massage this oil onto your nails twice a day to allow the cottonseed and soybean oils to work their magic. Cuticles are softer and less prone to breakage.

$9 at Essie

target cuticle oil

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Blossom Cuticle Oil Rose

This flower-infused oil isn’t just pretty. It also helps increase circulation to the nail bed and stimulate nail growth—a must for dry, cracked nails.

$7 at Target

deborah lippman cream

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Deborah Lippmann The Cure – Nail Cuticle Repair Cream Treatment

There’s a reason this vitamin-enriched cream has almost five stars on Sephora’s website. Fans love the way it soothes and repairs rough cuticles all while being free of parabens, sulfates and phthalates.

$24 at Sephora

sally hansen cuticle

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Sally Hansen Nail Treatment Cuticle Massage Cream

This affordable apricot oil-infused cream is a great option to keep in your bag or desk for an extra shot of moisture throughout the day.

$4.29 at Target

clinique deep comfort

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Clinique Deep Comfort Hand & Cuticle Cream

This restorative cream promises to help boost skin’s ability to retain moisture, as well as hydrate cuticles, for up to 12 hours.

$24 at Nordstrom

yes to cream

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Yes To Coconut Hydrate & Restore Protecting Hand & Cuticle Cream

Not only does this lotion smell like a vacation, but it also softens hands and cuticles thanks to passion fruit and shea butter.

$5.69 at Amazon

hands of hope

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Philosophy Hands Of Hope Hand and Cuticle Cream

Moisturize dry hands and rough cuticles with this blend of shea butter and natural oils.

$10 at Ulta

dior cuticle cream

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Dior Crème Abricot Nail Cream

This luxe salve has been around since 1963! Fans love the way it conditions cuticles and helps strengthen nails, all in a chic container.

$28 at Nordstrom

shea nourishing nail cuticle Theres No Better Time Than Summer to Start Caring About Your Cuticles

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L’Occitane Shea Nourishing Nail & Cuticle Oil

This handy pen makes it super easy to moisturize your cuticles on the go. A whopping 30 percent of shea oil helps this cream penetrate and nourish nails.

$19 at L’Occitane 

kosette nail oil Theres No Better Time Than Summer to Start Caring About Your Cuticles

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Kosette Cuticle Oil Push Pen

This unique pen features a ceramic tip made of stone that helps buff dead skin cells from nail beds and cuticles, while releasing an oil blend of lavender and apricot kernel at the same time. It’s really a two-in-one.

$12 at Urban Outfitters

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