The 11 Best Cuticle Oils for Healthy, Hydrated and Smooth Nails

by Laura Fisher

The 11 Best Cuticle Oils for Healthy, Hydrated and Smooth Nails
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Cuticle oil is one of those things that I always put in the bucket of high-maintenance self care. Sure, I get my nails done every once in a while and definitely don’t want bedraggled hands, but I’ve been hesitant to add more steps and products to my routine before knowing if they actually move the dial. Well, stuck at home with no access to my local nail salon and lots of time to stare at my digits, I decided to give nail and cuticle oil a fair shot. As it turns out, I was missing an essential step in keeping my nails not only looking fresh, but healthy


The cuticle is the small layer of clear skin at the bottom of your finger or toe nail bed. The cuticle exists to keep nails healthy and protect them from fungus and bacteria as they grow, so keeping them intact (no cutting!) and properly cared for is key for overall nail health. Nail and cuticle oils are especially important if you’ve been washing your hands or using hand sanitizer more frequently (which is pretty much everyone right now), or if you live in cold, dry climates.  They are typically made up of a blend of vegetable and plant oils to not only help hydrate, but also to stimulate circulation around your nail bed, leading to longer and stronger nails overall. The best cuticle oils come in several forms, including cuticle oil pens for super easy application, and in various textures, including serums and balms.


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A little goes a long way with cuticle oil — just dab a few drops on your nail beds and massage the formula in once or twice a day for optimal results. To help you get started on your new nail-care habit, we rounded up some of the best oil for cuticles on the market that will leave you with strong, smooth, and great-smelling hands and feet no matter how long it’s been since your last professional mani/pedi. 


Below, find the 11 best cuticle oils you can shop online in 2020, from beloved nail brands like Deborah Lippmann, Sally Hansen, Olive & June, and more.


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Barefoot Scientist Inner Strength Nail and Cuticle Renewal Drops


Called a “juice cleanse for your nails,” these nail and cuticle drops strengthen with celery seed extract and hydrate with olive fruit and sunflower seed oils. To top it all off, tea tree oil repairs damage and reverses nail discoloration. Talk about a product that goes above and beyond!

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French Girl Organics Nail and Cuticle Oil


A rollerball applicator gives this nail and cuticle oil precise and clean application, and its blend of essential oils and plant extracts will have you keeping it nearby at all times. Its unique ingredients both hydrate and stimulate nail growth, and they're organic to boot.

Image Credits: Olive & June

Olive & June Cuticle Serum Duo


With a cuticle serum as convenient and soothing as this all-star from Olive and June, why stop at one? This set of two serum pens allows you to stash one in your desk and one in your purse so that you’re never without a quick dose of cuticle hydration.

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Qtica Solid Gold Cuticle Oil Gel


This unique gold gel melts into an oil upon application for a drip-fee, luxurious hydrating boost for your cuticles. Featuring a blend of 12 oils, including tea tree and citrus, the Qtica gel protects against fungus and bacteria while it nourishes.

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Deborah Lippmann Cuticle Oil — Nail Cuticle Treatment


Deborah Lippman is beloved for its nail polishes, so it only makes sense the brand would have a killer cuticle oil, too. Over 7,500 Sephora shoppers love the nail treatment for its "pleasant" coconut smell as well as how quickly it soaks into skin to revitalize dry cuticles and brittle nails. One five-star reviewer went as far as to say, "This has completely changed my nails."

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Sally Hansen Nail Treatment Cuticle Rehab Oil Balm


This solid oil from drugstore favorite Sally Hansen can be thrown into your purse or suitcase with no risk of leakage, making it perfect for nail care on-the-go. Bonus: It costs less than $8.

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TenOverTen The Celery Oil


Celery seed extract purportedly strengthens and thickens nails, making it an excellent base for this nail and cuticle oil from luxury brand TenOverTen. The addition of evening primrose, meadowfoam, chia, and rosehip oils leads to deep hydration for your fingertips.

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Seche Condition Keratin Infused Cuticle Oil


Massaging this keratin-infused oil into your nails daily will keep them smooth and strong. Reviewers who live in dry climates or wear gels or acrylics rave about this oil’s hydrating abilities, and the fact that the price won’t break the bank.

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OPI ProSpa Nail & Cuticle Oil To-Go


OPI is a nail industry favorite for reliable products to keep your hands and feet looking (and feeling) their best. Another no-muss-no-fuss option for when you’re on the move, this all-star cuticle and nail oil comes in a convenient squeeze tube.

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Londontown Kur Nourishing Cuticle Oil


Do more than just moisturize with this combination of safflower and grapeseed oils plus Londontown’s proprietary Florium Complex. With extracts such as cucumber, garlic, and chamomile, this overachiever helps prevent nail splitting and cracking while providing deep hydration.

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TenOverTen The Rose Oil: Natural Nourishing Cuticle Oil


This cuticle oil pen's delicate rose scent is enough on its own to make this a good addition to your nail-care routine — but the ultra-hydrating effects and blend of essential fatty acids for nail health are what will make it a staple.