Cuticle Products 101

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Dry cuticles are the bane of a lot of people's existences. Not only can they make a perfect manicure appear anything but, those irritating hangnails can be the source of much frustration, too. Cuticles (the thin ridges of skin that surround the base of your nails) are an important area to take care of, especially during the cooler months when they're more susceptible to dryness. And as with most beauty categories, there are several different types of cuticle products on the market, all serving different purposes. From cuticle remover to cuticle oil, we're providing you with an overview of the most common essentials to help you on your journey to healthier cuticles.

Cuticle Cream

Cuticle creams are thick, moisturizing creams meant to be applied liberally to both the cuticles and nail beds. They can be applied at night or during the day, though nighttime is ideal so that you can apply a thick coat and let it absorb while you sleep. Many cuticle creams also contain light exfoliating ingredients that are safe to be left on all day.

OPI Exfoliating Cuticle Cream
OPI Exfoliating Cuticle Cream $12
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Cuticle Oil

Cuticle oil often comes in a bottle that looks similar to nail polish. Either brush it on post-manicure to seal the surface and help resist smudges, or use it as a daily moisturizer for your cuticles.

Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil
Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil $9
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Want to keep your manicure looking brand new? Cuticle oil will perk up your nails, smooth dryness, and add a shiny finish to the polish that'll maintain that freshly manicured appearance for a few extra days.

Cuticle Remover

For overgrown or thick cuticles, look for a cuticle remover. Removers in pen form are both convenient and quick and don't require you to soak your hands like most removers do. Apply the formula and use a cuticle stick to push back your cuticles. Then, use a towel to thoroughly dry the nails and proceed with a cuticle nipper if necessary.

Deborah Lippmann Cuticle Remover Pen
Deborah Lippmann Cuticle Remover Pen $24
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Cuticle Sticks

Wooden cuticle sticks are an easy-to-use tool for pushing back your cuticles, as they feature a beveled edge that contours to the nail. Not only can they be used to maintain the health of your cuticles, but they can also fix mistakes when painting your nails. For a quick fix, stretch out a small piece of a cotton ball, wrap it around the end of the cuticle stick, and then dip in nail polish remover.

ForPro Birchwood Cuticle Sticks
ForPro Birchwood Cuticle Sticks $4
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Cuticle Nippers

When cutting cuticles, opt for high-quality stainless steel nippers. Using anything but sharp, quality blades could put you at risk of cutting your skin by pushing down too hard.

Tweezerman Stainless Steel Cuticle Nipper
Tweezerman Stainless Steel Cuticle Nipper $16
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