Manicure SOS! Eight Amazing Products, Tools, and Tricks to Heal Ragged Cuticles
by Bijani Mizell
Spring’s right around the corner; time for a pretty pastel manicure! But before you break out the Easter-egg colors, make sure your hands are in tip-top shape. After all, there’s nothing worse than a perfect manicure next to painful, unsightly cuticles. And if left untreated, hangnails can cause bacterial infection. For the ultimate in cuticle Rx, soothe your frayed fingers with these eight favorites from beauty editors and manicurists alike.
Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme
No longer just a cult favorite, Burt’s Bees Cuticle Creme combines a soothing blend of natural ingredients to relieve dry cuticles. The sweet-smelling lemon butter adds a double dose of moisture to parched nails.
Sephora Cuticle-Care Pen
Love the way cuticle oil feels, but hate the mess? Sephora’s ingenious dispenser works like a pen, so you can apply it directly to your cuticles without a sticky mess. The other end of the applicator is a tool for pushing cuticles back, so there’s also no need to carry around multiple items.
Choose Your Tools Wisely
*Tip:* Nail experts say the more expensive the cuticle nipper, the better. While a $100 gold-plated nipper is unnecessarily extravagant, quality tools work best and will last longer. Spend a bit more now to save more in the long run.
Tweezerman Stainless-Steel Cuticle Nipper
When you’re clipping hangnails at home, choose a stainless steel, box-hinged nipper for more control and less damage to your delicate skin. Tweezerman’s sleek tool proves you don’t need to sacrifice fashion for function!
OPI Manicure/Pedicure Cucumber Scrub
Beautiful nails start with beautiful skin. The gentle sugar crystals in OPI Manicure Scrub buff away flaky skin, while cucumber and pineapple extracts moisturize and soothe. Use once a week for radiant results.
Beauty and the Budget
*Tip:* Coat cotton swabs in cuticle oil to moisturize on-the-go. While you could buy expensive premade swabs, why spend the money when you can DIY for a fraction of the price?
Creative Nail Design Solar Oil
Winner of _InStyle_ ’s Best Beauty Buys award three years in a row, Creative Nail Design arguably makes the best cuticle oil on the market. Packed with jojoba oil, vitamin E, and sweet almond oil, the multitasking moisturizer also works on dry elbows and heels.
It Cosmetics Nail Love Cuticle and Nail Oil Pen
Not only does It Cosmetics Nail Oil Pen contain anti-aging collagen, eucalyptus oil, and softening vitamins A and E, but the cap doubles as a rubber tip to gently push cuticles back. No cutting required!
Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover
This cuticle remover works wonders on dead skin. Let it sit on your fingers for five minutes and ragged skin will peel away with no gunky residue. Genius!
Get Your Beauty Sleep
*Tip:* Make sure to pamper your cuticles at night, too, when reparative nutrients in your blood circulate throughout your body. Slather petroleum jelly or a super-rich cuticle cream on your hands and wear cotton gloves to bed. (You can also use this trick on your feet with cotton socks!)
Tweezerman Pushy Cuticle Pusher
An essential tool for keeping cuticles tidy, this two-in-one cuticle pusher has a gentle hoof on one side and an angled scraper on the other. You’ll never have to buy another orange stick again.