The One Beauty Product That Will Save Your Nails This Winter

If the hot, stuffy air circulating (or rather, not circulating) your office is to blame for your perpetually cracking lips and chronic dry eyes, it's more than likely your hands are also looking a little worse for the wear. That's why you keep three different half-used tubes of hand cream at your desk, of course; the fact that you end up with a greasy keyboard is just a necessary evil.

But instead of slathering on sticky lotions, there's a simpler, less slippery treatment to save you from dry patches and dagger-like hangnails. All you need is a good cuticle oil; one that absorbs easily, smells nice, and treats your skin as well as it does your nails (because they can get dry, too).


We've rounded up the best reparative cuticle oils — all of which will cure any cracks and deliver shiny, shapely nails clear through March. Shop your favorite ahead, and be sure to store it right at your desk between your dewy face mist, a 500 ml Bkr, and that trusty bottle of Visine.

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Olive & June Cuticle Serum Duo

Let's face it — the only way we're going to remember to apply cuticle oil twice daily is if it's easy. This Olive & June pen is just that: With just a twist, the foam tip becomes saturated with non-greasy serum that can be dabbed around your nail bed, providing instant hydration in five seconds flat. Plus, this kit comes with two pens, one for your desk and one for your bedside table.
Olive & June Cuticle Serum Duo$2.00 Buy

Deborah Lippmann Cuticle Oil

This oil may be lightweight, but it works hard: Just brush a thin layer over your nail beds, use your fingers to gently massage it in and around your cuticles, and over time, you'll see stronger, shinier nails that are magically resistant to peeling.
Deborah Lippmann Cuticle Oil - Nail Cuticle Treatment$20.00 Buy

CND SolarOil

It's a salon staple for a reason. At under $10, CND's brush-on formula has won legions of fans with its accessible price point and deeply nourishing blend of jojoba oil, sweet almond oil and vitamin E.
CND Solaroil$8.50 Buy

Orly Argan Oil Cuticle Drops

Ulta reviewers swear by this stuff to combat dry, cracked cuticles and brittle, breakage-prone nails. We suggest making it part of your bedtime routine and keeping a bottle next to your toothbrush to encourage the habit.
Orly Argan Oil Cuticle Drops$15.00 Buy

Tenoverten The Rose Oil

Standing out among the rainbow of tenoverten glossy polishes (there are over 50 different shades), this little pen is the brand's best-seller by a landslide. People love that the oil smells faintly of roses, is infused with natural botanical oils and vitamin E to soften dry, cracked cuticles, and comes in the form of handy pen with a soothing rollerball tip. (P.S. Tenoverten also launched a Celery Oil this year, if you're more green juice than florals.)
Tenoverten The Rose Oil: Nourishing Cuticle Oil$26.00 Buy

French Girl Organics Nail + Cuticle Oil

Another roll-on formula, this one smells like lemon slices and fresh-cut roses, is infused with organic hydrating botanicals like argan and tamanu oils, and sinks into nail beds instantly, leaving hands buttery soft.

Jurlique Nail and Cuticle Treatment Oil

This cuticle oil is a quick fix and a preventative treatment held in a single glass dropper. Because it's infused with avocado oil, which is rich in fatty acids, the treatment sinks into the nails, delivering immediate softness, while also protecting the skin from moisture loss and dehydration during the long winter.
Jurlique Nail and Cuticle Treatment Oil$18.00 Buy

Nails Inc. Superfood Repair Oil

If you have broken nails, peeling cuticles, and a hangnail (or three), this repair oil will fix all your issues overnight. Just drop a few beads of oil over the base of your nail beds twice a week, and you'll have visibly stronger, healthier nails before Valentine's Day.
Nails Inc. Superfood Repair Oil$19.80 Buy

Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil

If you're looking for a more affordable cuticle-care treatment option, this one by Essie is the best pick you'll find at the drugstore. The mix of cotton seed and soybean oils seals in moisture to rehydrate cracked cuticles and keep nails smooth and shapely.
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