Beauty Q&A: Should I Be Using Cuticle Oil?January 05, 2022
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.
Editor-Approved Cuticle Oils
Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil
The reviews of this great-smelling cuticle oil are right on the money — it’s a must-have, especially for all you DIY manicure and pedicure addicts out there. Simply apply it onto your nails and cuticles about two times a day to hydrate and revitalize.
Mazz Hanna Cuticle Oil
“My certified-organic cuticle oil was formulated with four simple cuticle-loving ingredients: hemp oil, jojoba oil, and therapeutic-grade lavender and geranium essential oils,” Hanna explains. “The amethyst roller ball is custom-cut from Brazilian amethyst, which is among the best in the world.”
NCLA So Rich Cuticle Oil in Pumpkin Spice
Beware: you might be tempted to purchase more than one of these yummy-smelling cuticle oils from NCLA Beauty. We love Pumpkin Spice, a sweet-scented (with a spicy kick), vitamin E-infused oil with a rubber-grip dropper for easy application. If you’d prefer a different fragrance, this cuticle oil is available in a large array of options including Rose Petals, Peach Vanilla and Dark Almond.
Dr. Hauschka Neem Nail and Cuticle Pen
Save your cuticles with the help of this oil from Dr. Hauschka. Besides hydrating your cuticles, this formula will soothe damaged or irritated skin that comes with harsh climates, acrylics or gel.
French Girl Nail & Cuticle Oil
Mani lovers swear by the formula for strengthening dry, brittle nails and for helping to prevent chipping and breaking. To use, simply glide on the conditioner and rub so it gets into all of the nooks and crannies.