Embarrassed by my raggedy-looking cuticles, I've been wearing gloves in an attempt to hide their dry, crackly presence. Just as you probably don't have tons of extra time to give yourself a flow-blown manicure or even spend time pushing your cuticles back, I don't either. So I went out on a hunt for the best-rated cuticle creams and lotions to soften wintry hands in a flash.
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- A true multitasker: Josie Maran's Argan Oil Moisturizing Stick ($6 to $22) is a multipurpose balm to repair and hydrate tired skin. Use from everywhere to your lips, hair, itchy skin, and cuticles for some much-needed relief.
- Fresh and natural: Do you like lemon? Burt's Bees' Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream ($6) might just be the answer. More of a wax than a cream, this 94.9 percent natural cuticle softener includes lemon oil to strengthen and soften, along with vitamin E, sweet almond oil, and beeswax to heal and moisturize. "This works wonders on keeping hangnails and dry, cracked cuticles at bay," says reader Yogaforlife, who even uses it in her hair to prevent flyaways.
- For both hands and cuticles: At just over $4, Curel's Targeted Therapy Fast-Absorbing Hand & Cuticle Cream is a true bargain. With a pleasant smell and nongreasy finish, it's also praised for its ability to last through several hand washings.
- Intense cuticle treatment: Bliss Manicure's Best Friend ($18), which contains an exfoliating ingredient, antioxidants, shea butter, and jojoba oil, is recommended by reader bearhugs65, who said, "A little goes a long way, I bought after I saw my nails turn to poop during a storm recently, is gentle and makes fingerbeds look amazing." Enough said.
- An exfoliating treat: So long, scaly hands and nails. Philosophy's Time on Your Hands Exfoliating Hand and Cuticle Cream ($18.50) helps to smooth raggedy cuticles while conditioning skin. If you like rich, thick creams, you might want to check this one out.