Dry, cracked cuticles are almost the norm when it comes to the winter season which is why in addition to moisturizing our hands, we need to give our cuticles some extra TLC to keep them soft and pliable.
You will be amazed at how much better your manicure looks with just a single drop of cuticle oil, but how do you know which cuticle oil is right for you?
Almost all cuticle oils have certain ingredients such as vitamin E and jojoba seed oil, but what I tend to look for is: consistency, scent, applicator and absorption rate.
Let’s have a look at some of my favourites shall we?
OPI | Avoplex Nail and Cuticle Replenishing Oil (15mL/$19.00)
Ah, the Avoplex line! I feel like I have practically grown up seeing this! The main ingredient in this cuticle oil is, you guessed it, avocado oil and is part of OPI’s Advanced Avocado Lipid Complex – a combination of phospholipids, vitamins A, B1, B2, D, and E, essential fatty acids and of course Avocado Oil, which mimics our skin’s own oils.
I like the brush applicator as I have more control over where I want the product to go. The scent of this is not one of my favourites as I prefer sweeter scents, but is still relatively pleasant and most importantly, keeps my cuticles happy without leaving them feeling greasy.
Nubar | Cuticle Care Oil (15mL/$10.00)
The Nubar cuticle care line is one of my favourites as there a number of different scents including: Grapefruit, Green Apple and Sweet Almond.
I, myself, have grapefruit and quite enjoy it.
The cuticle oil has just seven ingredients with the main oils in this formula being: jojoba, bran and safflower seed oil and has a slightly thicker consistency than the OPI Avoplex Cuticle Replenishing Oil.
This one has a tiny dropper to administer cuticle oil, which is probably more sanitary as there is no actual contact with skin if you plan on sharing your cuticle oil.
As this cuticle oil is so thick, it states that it can also be used for a variety of skin conditions such as: psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema.
CND | SolarOil Nail and Cuticle Conditioner (68mL/$33.95)
This has just FIVE ingredients: sweet almond oil, jojoba seed oil, bran oil, fragrance and tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E).
In terms of purity and not having lots of scary chemicals, this is the way to go.
This is a nail industry favourite as this is wonderful for artificial nails too and have been told by nail tech friends, that this cuticle oil has “magicial powers”!
If you love the scent of marzipan, you will LOVE this cuticle oil! I am so in love with the scent and how moisturizing this oil is!
Orly | Argan Oil Cuticle Drops (18mL/$18.00)
Argan oil has become one of the hot ingredients over the last couple of years in mainstream beauty products so you can imagine that one little drop of these Orly cuticle drops will bring your thirsty cuticles back to life!
What makes this cuticle oil a winner are: sunflower, argan and jojoba seed oil and has a slightly lemony scent thanks to lemon peel oil.
This cuticle oil also uses a tiny dropper just like the Nubar cuticle oil and is massaged into the nail bed and cuticle area.
Nicole by OPI | Oil to Go (7.5mL/$10.99)
As wonderful as all of the other cuticle oils are, there is NO WAY I would throw glass bottles containing oil into my purse! This is where the new Oil to Go by Nicole by OPI comes in!
This is a super convenient pen-brush tip applicator with avocado, grapeseed, sesame and kukui nut oils for moisturizing dry cuticles on the go!
The consistency is thicker than OPI Avoplex and smells like watermelon to me!
Don’t let the thicker consistency scare you into thinking that you’ll have to wait for your oil-slathered hands to absorb the goodness. This oil is quick to absorb so that you’ll be ready to do what you need to do in no time! In terms of price, this is the most expensive, but how often have we paid just a little more for convenience?
Just brush/drop any of these oils along your cuticle line twice a day and believe me, your cuticles will thank you! (Just make sure not to do this just before you apply nail polish or your manicure will just be an oily mess!)