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Cuticle Creams -- I Rate the Best Ones to Buy

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


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.

1. Burt's Bee Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream

This cream is not only affordable ($3.25 - $4.99), 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.

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2. Creative Nail Design SolarOil

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

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3. Sephora's Cuticle Care Pen

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.

4. Mavala Switzerland Cuticle Oil

Perfectly softens the skin around the nail so you can safely roll the cuticle back.
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5. Nailtiques Cuticle & Hand Conditioner

If you prefer creams to oils, Nailtiques Cuticle and Hand Conditioner is a great bet. About $16.

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6. Vaseline, plus cotton gloves

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

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7. Sweet Almond Oil

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.
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9. Kiehl's Imperiale Moisturizing Cuticle Treatment

Kiehl's makes amazing, moisturizing lotions and potions and this cuticle treatment is wonderfully rich. Key ingredients are avocado oil, known to be the most moisturizing of the fruit oils. It helps to restore the natural moisture to skin. It also contains lanolin and allantoin, an herbal supplement that soothes and reduces skin inflammation.

10. Bliss High Intensity Hand Cream

Supreme softening and surface smoothing make this ultra-rich hand balm a bestseller. Silky but grease-free, it smooths rough cuticles, too.
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11. Crème Abricot Fortifying Cream For Nails

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.
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