Treat Your Hands Right With an At-Home Manicure and These Sephora Nail-Care Products
Sure, it's hard to not get distracted by all the pretty polish colors out there; after all, they can instantly boost your mood. However, the first thing to think about before attempting an at-home manicure is making sure your nails — and hands — are in good shape, too.
Nails can get brittle and dehydrated after repeated gel or acrylic treatments, and now could be just the time to give them a rest. Still, even if you're going to go polish-free, there's no reason why you can't use these products to treat your cuticles and trim your nails, so your hands look and feel great.
At Sephora especially, nail-care products of all types are flying off the (virtual) shelves now that more people are ready to DIY a polish change — including celebrities — so ask yourself: do you have everything you need? Find the products from Sephora that let you totally nail your at-home manicures ahead.
Moroccanoil Hand Cream
This lightweight Moroccanoil Hand Cream ($24) features a blend of oils and butters including avocado, mango, and cocoa. It keeps the skin all over your hands hydrated and supports skin's natural barrier against the elements that may dry out your hands or cause cracked cuticles.
Sephora Collection Tough As Nails Deluxe Manicure Kit
The bestselling Sephora Collection Tough As Nails Deluxe Manicure Kit ($20) has all the tools you need to get started on an at-home manicure, including several clippers that tackle different parts of your nails and cuticles. Plus, it's a perfect size to toss in a bag when it's time to travel again.
Deborah Lippmann The Cure - Nail Cuticle Repair Cream Treatment
Protect cuticles with the Deborah Lippmann The Cure - Nail Cuticle Repair Cream Treatment ($24) which features moisturizing algae, raspberry stem cell extract, and vitamins A, C, and E.
Deborah Lippmann Cuticle Oil - Nail Cuticle Treatment
After removing dead skin around the cuticles and pushing them back, follow up with this Deborah Lippmann Cuticle Oil - Nail Cuticle Treatment ($20) to soften the area with jojoba and coconut oils.
Deborah Lippmann Cuticle Remover - Exfoliating Cuticle Nail Treatment
Applying a drop of this Deborah Lippmann Cuticle Remover - Exfoliating Cuticle Nail Treatment ($20) helps loosen dead skin so you can safely push back cuticles.
L'Occitane 100 percent Pure Shea Butter
Or, opt for pure L'Occitane 100 percent Pure Shea Butter ($13-$39) and target cuticles with this vitamin E-rich deep-conditioning balm that softens cuticles (and the rest of your hands), so they stay supple and safe.
Deborah Lippmann Hard Rock - Nail Strengthening Top and Base Coat
This top-rated Deborah Lippmann Hard Rock - Nail Strengthening Top and Base Coat ($20) protects nails and helps them grow, especially after they've been weakened from gel or acrylic nail removal.
Deborah Lippmann Rich Girl - Broad Spectrum SPF 25 Hand Cream
This Deborah Lippmann Rich Girl - Broad Spectrum SPF 25 Hand Cream ($28) keeps hands protected against the sun, plus plant extracts from grape and algae brighten dull skin while shea butter and avocado oil tackle even a hint of fine lines.
Josie Maran 100 percent Pure Argan Oil Mini
Adding a dab of this popular Josie Maran 100 percent Pure Argan Oil Mini ($17) to your cuticles softens them, so they're easier to push them back when that time comes.
Deborah Lippmann Genie In A Bottle - Nail Tone Perfector Base Coat
Let dull nails shine with this Deborah Lippmann Genie In A Bottle - Nail Tone Perfector Base Coat ($20). It features sheer violet pigments that cancel out yellow tones (much like purple conditioner can do for blondes), and leaves nails looking younger, healthier, and brighter thanks to mica inside.
Deborah Lippmann Smooth Operator - Buffer Nail File
The four different textures on this Deborah Lippmann Smooth Operator - Buffer Nail File ($12) buff nails so they're even shiny when you're not rocking polish, or make them extra smooth to be the perfect base for color.
Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro - Nail Base Coat and Top Coat Set
Not only does this Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro - Nail Base Coat and Top Coat Set ($45) treat your nails with biotin and green tea, this gel base coat and partnering top coat can actually be removed with regular polish remover so there's no soaking or scraping involved.
Earth’s Nectar Mint Leaves Scalp Oil
Yes, we realize this Earth's Nectar Mint Leaves Scalp Oil ($19) treats your head, but it does double duty as the mint, almond, and jojoba oils can be massaged in to hydrate your hands, promote natural blood circulation, and add moisture to dry cuticles, too.
Nails Inc. NailPure Top Coat
While the Nails Inc. NailPure Top Coat ($15) doesn't directly touch your nail (unless you're spreading it on solo), it includes a regenerating complex that boosts your keratin production, so nails are harder and healthier-looking than ever and still allows oxygen to get to your nails despite the layers.
Deborah Lippmann All About That Base - CC Nail Treatment Base Coat
The panthenol-infused hydrating complex inside this Deborah Lippmann All About That Base - CC Nail Treatment Base Coat ($20) protects and strengthens nails, while also brightening them and filling in ridges (among other things).
Nails Inc. Sweet Almond Nail Polish Powered By Matcha
Yes, it's a nail polish color, but this Nails Inc. Sweet Almond Nail Polish Powered By Matcha ($15) adds in moisturizing sweet almond oil to nourish the nail bed as you sweep it on, alongside matcha powder packed with antioxidants to keep nails protected and strong.
Deborah Lippmann Marshmallow Whipped Hand and Cuticle Scrub
If you're looking for a special treat, this Deborah Lippmann Marshmallow Whipped Hand and Cuticle Scrub ($29) exfoliates dead skin cells and clears pores with AHAs and BHAs, so your hands (and cuticles) are soft and smooth, no matter how often you've been washing them lately. Now, why not warm a towel in the microwave to take it off when you're done?
Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Touch Hand Cream
Sure, the Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Touch Hand Cream ($15) is meant to soften your hands, but its key ingredient is actually magic for your nails at the same time. Antioxidant-rich brazil nut feeds the protein enzymes that help nails grow and stay healthy and treats your cuticles, too.
Deborah Lippmann The Stripper - Nail Polish Remover
While this Deborah Lippmann The Stripper - Nail Polish Remover ($19) gets the job done removing polish, it's also infused with lavender and aloe to hydrate nails at the same time.
Deborah Lippmann Cuticle Lab - Nail Treatment Set
Don't be intimidated by caring for your cuticles. This Deborah Lippmann Cuticle Lab - Nail Treatment Set ($45) not only includes all the tools you need, there's a step-by-step guide to lead you through exfoliating, softening, soothing, and repairing even dry, stubborn cuticles (without damaging them in the process).