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The 15 Best Cuticles Oils To Heal And Strengthen Dry, Brittle Nails

Bonus: Your manicure will last longer than ever.

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Women's Health (Christine Giordano)

Hand-washing, sanitizing, dry weather, and even cooking, cleaning, and other lifestyle factors can do a number on your hands, and let's be real, your cuticles often get overlooked until they’re in rough shape.

The fix? Cuticle oil. It’s a simple, easy way to work towards healing those hands, and improving the overall look and health of your nails. But you don’t have to wait until your cuticles are crying out for help to use it. In fact, you shouldn’t! Consider making it a part of your everyday beauty routine for the best results.

“People often go to use cuticle oil when they’re experiencing very dry or cracked cuticles, or they’re noticing dehydration,” says Jaclyn Ferber, co-founder and head of product at Tenoverten. “But using it regularly is beneficial in overall nail health, period.”

Yes, it can make your nails look nicer. But Ferber says the benefits of cuticle oil go farther than that. Applying cuticle oil regularly can also promote blood flow, encourage nail growth, and help nails grow stronger and be less prone to breakage since you’re hydrating the nail bed as your nails are growing in. It can also extend the life of your manicure, she adds, so once your polish is dry, go ahead and apply. (And enjoy the shine it gives you, too!)

If you’re working to heal really cracked, dry cuticles, Ferber recommends applying cuticle oil it up to three times a day. For regular upkeep, once or twice a day is fine. To help make it a natural part of your routine, consider an oil that you can throw in your bag or keep a bottle by the sink so you can apply it after you wash your hands.

Pro tip: After you apply cuticle oil, rubbing on some lotion may help the oil absorb into your skin better. Just make sure you apply the oil first, as lotion could create a barrier if you applied the oil over the top.

Ready to start applying cuticle oil on the regular? These are the 15 best cuticle oils on the market, according to experts and rave reviewers.

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Tie: Best All-Around Cuticle Oil
Naturale Milk and Honey Cuticle Revitalizing Oil

The word “miracle” is frequently thrown around by fans who also love that this cuticle oil comes in multiple scents that you’ll like but that don’t linger.

Tie: Best All-Around Cuticle Oil
Solar Oil Nail and Cuticle Conditioner

Users keep coming back to buy another bottle of this “nourishing,” almond-scented “life-saver.” And 97 percent of Ulta reviewers would recommend this to a friend. Enough said.

Best Natural Cuticle Oil
The Rose Oil Nourishing Cuticle Oil

This "100 percent natural" blend contains jojoba, rose, and other oils. And you will love the super-functional rollerball applicator that allows you to apply precisely where you need it (on your cuticles) and not get it all over your clothes or keyboard.

Best for Repair
Nail and Cuticle Oil
Bee Naturals
Bee Naturals
Now 53% off

This little bottle is stacked with ingredients like vitamin E and lavender. “My nails have never been in better condition” says one user.

Best for Travel
Almond Nail & Cuticle Oil
The Body Shop
The Body Shop

The no-mess click-pen is perfect for stashing in your makeup bag, at work, in the car…you get it. Many reviewers have done just that and ordered multiples of the “easy-to-use,” “convenient,” and “iconic” pen so they always have one handy.

Best Earth-Friendly Cuticle Oil
Cuticle Care

One reviewer described this as “like applying a layer of organic love.” This USDA-certified organic salve comes in a reusable tin as well, so you can feel good about the full life cycle of the product.

Best Drugstore Cuticle Oil
Cuticle Care Apricot Nail & Cuticle Oil

This fan favorite is great for those looking for a lower-cost oil or just dipping their toes (or fingers!) into the world of nail care. It has a pleasant apricot aroma too.

Best for Brittle Nails
Nail and Cuticle Shea Oil

Formulated with a high concentration of shea oil (30 percent), this hydrating formula glides on easily. Reviewers swear by it for treating brittle, dry, peeling nails. Many reviewers like to “boost” it with L’Occitane’s hand lotions. “This is my secret to having long nails,” one reviewer said.

Best Splurge
Creme Abricot Fortifying Cream
Christian Dior

Dior Creme Abricot has been around for decades, and some reviewers have been using it for almost as long: “I’ve been using this product for nearly 30 years now. It’s the reason why I don’t get manicures.” Says another believer: “This nail cream is the truth.”

Best Budget Pick
Pure Petroleum Jelly

“Vaseline goes such a long way,” says dermatologist Mona Gohara, MD. Vaseline works as a cuticle hydrator just as well as it does on other dry patches. But you may want to use this one when you have the time to let it soak in. Try applying before you go to sleep (and wearing gloves to protect your sheets).

Best-Looking Cuticle Oil Bottle
Scented Cuticle Oil
Blossom / Amazon
Now 13% off

These oils are infused with real flowers, and with scents like strawberry, rose, juicy peach, and honeysuckle, they smell as good as they look. Reviewers have gifted them to sisters, coworkers, daughters, and friends. But display it at your own risk, reviewers note that it’s “very effective and pretty, so don’t leave on your desk at work (it will disappear).”

Best Lightweight Cuticle Oil
Cuticle Cream
Onsen Secret
Onsen Secret

The no-drip applicator tube design and non-greasy formula of this cream make it a go-to for those on-the-go. Take it from this reviewer: “I have been using Onsen cuticle cream for five days and already my nails are stronger, thicker and clearer…So if you’re on the fence about buying, let me just say, game changer.”

Best Smelling Cuticle Oil
Lemony Flutter

Users rave about “the lovely lemony scent” that “reminds [you] of a lemon meringue pie” and it works like a dream, too. Says one user, “I feel like I could be a hand model now.”

Best Cuticle Oil Made In The USA
Nail Care Cuticle Oil
ella + mila

Ella+mila’s cruelty-free, vegan, made-in-the-USA lavender-scented formula is a hit with reviewers: “Add this to your hot girl arsenal ASAP.”

Best Cuticle Oil Booster
Skin Food Original Ultra-Rich Cream

Layer this classic lotion over the top of your cuticle oil. Don’t be shy about using it on cracked feet (or anywhere that’s feeling particularly parched) too!

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