I recently published a post on how to care for your cuticles properly, at the end I said I would do a post addressing the best oils to use and why they are so good.
The purpose of a cuticle oil is to maintain soft and healthy cuticles, stopping any tearing that can cause pain, and damage to the nail or cuticle. The oil is usually made with avocado, jojoba, grape or almond oil; these act as a base to deliver the other ingredients deeper into the nail as well as to keep nails soft, supple and moisturised. (These are smaller molecules that sink deeper into the nail bed) Vitamins and antioxidants are also usually added, these help reduce the signs of aging, healing damage (especially Vitamin E), and removing free radicals that create premature aging. Almond oil can be added to condition and soften the nails. (These are smaller molecules that sit closer to the upper layers of the nail). There is a wide range of oils with beneficial ingredients, it will be up to your nails which one works best for their needs.
Repeated application of the product will drive the oils deeper into the natural nail and nail extensions, maximising their benefits and keeping them tough and flexible – avoiding breaks. Using an oil whilst wearing nail polish can make it last longer; nail polish is not actually solid, the oil is absorbed and keeps the polish from becoming brittle and chipping or cracking.
Below are 5 on the market that I use regularly, would highly recommend and have always helped me maintain amazing nails and cuticles:
Lush – Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter.
What it says on the tin: Perfect for softening our hardest bits; knees, heels, elbows, brittle nails and cuticles finally get the attention they deserve. Lemony flutter revives a traditional method of cream making that even the Romans would recognise. A little goes a long way, and within a few applications, those neglected areas will be rejuvenated and smelling delicious, just like lemon curd.
Whats in the tin: Shea butter, beeswax, soya oil, avocado oil, linseed oil, Sicilian lemon oil, mango butter, castor oil, lavender oil, and chamomile blue oil.
What results can you expect from this oil: This cuticle butter is amazing! Its not a typical oil, it is a cream to oil formula. Once the thick cream touches your nail, the cream will dissolve into oil due to your own body heat. Its super hydrating to the nails and cuticles, it smells amazing and does absolute wonders for peeling or flaky nails. This does take longer to absorb, it is best used at night time before bed. I use this and pop some moisture gloves on before bed, then rinse in the morning.
Skintruth – Cuticle Oil.
What it says on the tin: A professional nail care treatment formulated to nourish and repair damaged cuticles. A light, non-greasy, conditioning oil, blended with a combination of essential oils, designed to fully nourish and restore dry, brittle nails. This vitamin rich oil encourages growth of strong healthy nails.
Whats in the tin: Grape seed oil, avocado oil, sweet almond oil, and jojoba seed oil.
What results can you expect from this oil: This is your basic cuticle oil, nourishes, restores moisture and prevents dryness and brittleness. Its light as absorbs fairly quickly but you do need to apply this more than others to benefit from the oils.
Orly – Argan Oil Cuticle Drops.
What it says on the tin: A premium conditioning nail and cuticle oil. Nourish and hydrate cuticles and nails with this rich blend of Argan oil and Jojoba seed oil for healthy nail growth.
Whats in the tin: Argan oil, jojoba seed oil, avocado oil, shea butter, and lemon peel oil.
What results you can expect from this oil: When I began getting hangnails even using oil everyday, I thought perhaps I was lacking something, I was recommended this and with nothing to lose I picked one up, my problem was solved. My nails was nourished and stronger at the sides. However, it did little for my actual cuticle area. I used another oil on just the cuticle and the argan oil drops on the nail bed. If you suffer from bad hangnails this is the product you need in your life, otherwise I advise using another oil.
OPI – Avoplex Cuticle Oil.
What it says on the tin: All Avoplex products are formulated with advanced avocado lipid complex – A combination of deep penetrating, skin loving antioxidants; phospholipids (the biological building blocks of skin); vitamins A, B1, B2, D and E, essential fatty acids and avocado oil, which closely resembles the skins own natural oil. Rich in therapeutic, skin loving avocado oil in combination with super antioxidant Tocotrienol – 1000 times more powerful than regular vitamin e – plus feather light grape seed, sunflower, sesame, and kakui nut oils and lecithin to restore essential moisture and lipids and nourishes dry cuticles.
What is in the tin: I could not find an actual ingredients list, (this could be my oversight) but from the description given you can see that it includes the essentials you need in a hard working cuticle oil plus more. The more is what sets it apart, such as the Tocotrienol and the phospholipids.
What can you expect from this oil: Avoplex is a must have for anyone wanting beautiful, healthy, strong nails. Avoplex does it all, nourishes, conditions, solves the problem of flaking and peeling. Hangnails are prevented and cuticle are soft and supple. I could rave about this product for hours but I will let you find out just how good it actually is.
CND – Solar Oil, Nail & Cuticle Conditioner.
What it says on the tin: This cuticle oil is infused with jojoba oil and vitamin E. Repeated use of this synergistic blend drives nutrients in deeper, creating stronger healthier nails and hydrated cuticle area. Keeps nails flexible yet tough.
Whats in the tin: Sweet almond oil, jojoba seed oil, vitamin E, rice bran oil.
What results you can expect from using this oil: I have a deep love for this product, it works so well. I use this throughout the day as it is quickly absorbed and light. It gives a nice quick burst of much needed moisture to your nails and cuticles that keeps them healthy, supple and my nail polish lasted much longer using this product. Always a thumbs up.
Conclusion: All of the above oils vary in ingredients and prices, but all are amazing for nails and cuticles; I highly recommend trying oil and how much it can benefit the health of your nails. I like to use any of these depending on whats closest to hand at the time of applying it, but I tend to use the Lush cream just prior to bed as it is a more intense nourishment; rather than a light, easily absorbed oil.