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The Best Cuticle Creams

5 Softening Cuticle Creams to Help Chapped Hands

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.
To find out more about each, just keep reading.

  • 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.
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thenekoling thenekoling 6 years
i don't like Curel's hand cream at all. it doesn't seem to do anything for me
GummiBears GummiBears 6 years
Oh wow, I think my nail tech used that on me. It smells so good.
runningesq runningesq 6 years
Gummi, I've been using "Solar Oil" ... smells like sweet almond oil. so great for my nails, cuticals
GummiBears GummiBears 6 years
I like sweet almond oil for my cuticles.
JamieUK JamieUK 6 years
Oooh, I love Manicure's Best Friend. I keep one on me all the time!
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