4 Products That Care for Cuticles

Cuticles are the unsung heroes of the hands. The tiny strips of skin at the base of the nail bed serve more purpose than just getting in the way of a tidy manicure. They’re the nail’s last line of defense against bacterial or fungal infections…which is precisely why you shouldn’t cut them off. Back away from the clippers and treat those cuticles with a little TLC instead.

butter LONDON Melt Away Cuticle Eliminator
If dry and overgrown cuticles are a problem, start anew with a cuticle eliminator. This one from butter LONDON exfoliates and softens the nail bed to ensure future growth is easy to maintain. Apply before pushing back skin to remove dry residue that can seriously mess with a manicure. $19 for 0.6oz; butterlondon.com

Deborah Lippmann Cuticle Oil

Moisturized cuticles make for strong, healthy nails. For hands in need of hydration, this cuticle treatment includes coconut and jojoba oil, as well as Vitamin E to strengthen nails. The fast-absorbing formula ensures hands never feel greasy after application. $20 for 0.5oz; deborahlippmann.com

Dior Crème Abricot Fortifying Cream for Nails
A favorite since it was first introduced in 1963, Dior’s classic Crème Abricot is a nourishing salve for both nails and cuticles. For best results, massage the cream into the nail beds before going to sleep to let it sink in overnight. Devotees claim it makes nails longer and stronger. $27 for 0.35oz; dior.com

Tweezerman Pushy and Nail Cleaner

If unruly cuticles are messing with your weekly mani, don’t clip them…push them out of the way. After softening the skin with warm water and an oil or cream, gently push them back with a cuticle pusher. This multitasker from Tweezerman also includes a tool for cleaning under the nail. $20, sephora.com