Beauty Q&A: Should I Be Using Cuticle Oil?

January 05, 2022
Jazmine A. Ortiz
By: Jazmine A. Ortiz | by L'Oréal
hand applying cuticle oil to nail bed

A solid stockpile of nail products isn’t something you just acquire immediately. Over time, your collection of must-have nail polishes grows, along with your array of nail art necessities (i.e. alllll the rhinestone adhesives) and manicure tools. But then there are those nail products that we might need a little more convincing to add to our nail collection, like cuticle oil. For some, it might seem like something you’ll probably be just fine without. But for others, like celebrity nail artists, cuticle oil just isn’t something you should skip out on. Learn more about why you need cuticle oil in your stash below. 

The Benefits of Applying Cuticle Oil

“Cuticle oil is a product used to keep nails and cuticles hydrated as is especially important during cold and dry winter months,” says celebrity nail artist Mazz Hanna. “By keeping your cuticles hydrated, it creates a healthy environment for nail growth and can also strengthen your nails. Also, let's be honest, hydrated cuticles just look better!”

How and When to Apply Cuticle Oil

Hanna recommends applying cuticle oil before bed. Massage your formula into your cuticles and the surrounding area. This gives the product time to sink in and work its magic overnight. To ensure your cuticles are fully hydrated and healthy, apply cuticle oil after washing your hands throughout the day, too. You can even keep a small bottle in your purse.

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