Cuticle Creams: Top Picks

Revlon, Burt's Bees, Mavala and the best organic creams and oils

Cracked cuticles can be painful. To heal them, you'll need a decent cuticle cream or oil. Apply by moisturizing into cuticles every morning and night and your cuticles should heal within a few days. Continued use (especially during cold months) will help keep torn cuticles from recurring. 

Cuticle oils and creams will wash off so consider reapplying throughout the day. 

I've researched the best cuticle creams and oils on the market, including the most popular products sold at Sephora. The list includes pricey and extra-luxe creams and oils.

This cream is not only affordable, it's also a great for softening your cuticles and your hands. Reviewers who tried it loved it because it also helped them stop bad nail-biting habits. This cream will soften dried skin around nails and help with hangnails, too.

Touted as the best cuticle moisturizer in InStyle Magazine's 'Best Beauty Buys' issue for several years running, Creative Nail Design SolarOil contains jojoba, Vitamin E & sweet almond oils -- all of which apparently are great for moisturizing the nail bed. Bonus: It works great on dry heels and elbows as well, who knew?

This cuticle oil comes from a small, family-owned company near Seattle, Washington and gets great reviews on Amazon. I love that it comes in pen form making it super easy to carry in a purse or overnight bag. People swear by this stuff and love the ingredient list, which is full of good stuff including a blend of Jojoba wax ester, olive and grape seed oils and vitamins.

Repairs broken, dry, cracked cuticles. Just brush it on (I love the brush) before your basecoat and nail polish. Users report it has a wonderful smell, though others don't like the way it smells. But the price it can't be beat. 

Created in 1963, Dior's "Cult-favorite Magic Multi-tasker" encourages nail growth, improves nail strength, and conditions cuticles. It can be massaged into the base of nail pre- or post- polish.

One great thing about this cuticle pen is it fits inside an overnight bag or a purse and it's convenient to use -- more so than many cuticle oils or creams. Hydrate cuticles with this blend of essential oils and emollients.

Perfectly softens the skin around the nail so you can safely roll the cuticle back. Best used on bare nails (but you can on painted nails). Massage cream into cuticles at night. Leave cream on overnight. 

If you prefer creams to oils, Nailtiques Cuticle and Hand Conditioner is a great bet. Reviewers on Amazon.com report it absorbs beautifully, healing cracked hands and cuticles without leaving hands feeling greasy. 

Vaseline is great for healing cracked or dry cuticles. Simply apply to cuticles at night and wear cotton gloves to bed.

A great organic treat for cuticles is sweet almond oil. Simply massage into cuticles. My friend Tamara also swears by her nail brush. She waits until the end of the shower when nails and cuticles are at their softest, and she lightly rubs the nail brush side to side over each cuticle. She says it also buffs her nails. You can use the almond oil in tandem with the nail brush for best effects.

Supreme softening and surface smoothing make this ultra-rich hand balm a bestseller. Silky but grease-free, it smooths rough cuticles, too.

 If you wear shellac or acrylic nails, you'll find your nails will weaken overtime. Enter this replenishing oil, which works to restore health to nails and cuticles. It's full of good stuff including Vitamin E plus Avocado, Sunflower, Sesame, & Kukui Nut oils.

 When you get a professional manicure, you sometimes have the option to have your cuticles removed with special cuticle clippers. This can be dangerous -- I've had my cuticles cut and then bleed more than once. Instead, use a cuticle remover, which dissolves cuticles for a smoother manicure. 

Sally Hansen's version gets great reviews.