The Ultimate (And Honest) Guide To Cuticle Care!

I have a really bad nail confession.

I trim my cuticles.


I know, I know, I know…bad!!!  I’m extremely particular about my cuticles and want them to look neat but lack patience.  However, I do care about your cuticles, so here are some product recommendations and techniques for you to have beautiful, healthy cuticles.

1. Cuticle nippers


Please do as I say, and not as I do.  (Oh, no…why do I have a feeling I’ll be saying this to my future children? *eek*)  Cutting your cuticles is strongly discouraged due to the risk of cutting healthy, live skin thus leading to infection.  It will also cause your cuticles to grow back harder and more difficult to push back.  This inflexibility can also cause split cuticles.  Try to reserve your usage to trimming dead skin and hangnails.

2. Orange sticks


Instead of metal implements, use orange sticks (also known as manicure sticks) to gently push cuticles back.  I also (obsessively) push mine back with my nails.

3. Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover


I like this more than Blue Cross Cuticle Remover because of the neater gel application.  After applying gel remover on cuticles for 15 seconds, gently push cuticles back with an orange stick.  Wash hands after pushing back cuticles.  If you have dead skin leftover, you can use the cuticle nippers to carefully trim off the excess.

4. Creative Nail Design Solar Oil


I’ve tried other cuticle oils but I’ve always come back to this one.  Maybe it’s the delicious almond scent?  I apply Solar Oil after finishing a full manicure.  If you want something cheap, quick and easy to obtain, extra virgin olive oil can be used as well.

5. Creative Nail Design Cuticle Eraser


This is a cuticle treatment that contains alpha hydroxyl acids to help exfoliate and moisturize cuticles at the same time.  Are your cuticles forever dry like mine?  This is a lifesaver…if I could only remember which purse I put my tube in.  Only a small amount is needed to rub into each cuticle.

6. Qtica Intense Cuticle Repair Balm


This is the cuticle moisturizer to end all cuticle moisturizers.  It is very rich yet not greasy feeling.  If you have winter dryness issues such as cracking and splitting, give this a shot.  I’ve found that this can also help prevent the severity of swelling whenever I have a badly split cuticle or ripped hangnail.

7. LUSH Lemony Flutter


People either love or hate the smell of Lemony Flutter.  I like it, but a coworker of mine immediately wrinkles her nose at the mere sight of the tub.  Most users just dab a bit for cuticles but I use it more as a very rich (and fairly greasy) hand cream.

8. Ixora Botanical Beauty butters


I use this during marathon swatching.  The extended exposure to polish removers can cause dryness quickly so it’s imperative to stay hydrated.  Whip It Up has a fluffier texture while Ash Today, Gone Tomorrow is far thicker.  They come in a variety of scents and can be used for the whole body.

I wish you all hydrated cuticles during this chilly winter season!  I’ll try to put down the cuticle nippers if you all stay moisturized J

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More about Janice

Janice Agagas-Welch is a Filipino Navy brat raised in Northwest Florida living the good life in the Lowcountry. She’s a married dog mom and licensed nail technician who has owned over 2000 polishes over the last 5 years. She also loves food, cider, mid-1990s R&B, college football and anything Peanuts/Snoopy-related.

2 thoughts on “The Ultimate (And Honest) Guide To Cuticle Care!

  1. AliceinNappyland

    I pick at mine when I’m stressed. It’s such a terrible habit. But my friend gave me a sample of Lemony Flutter and I’m LOVING it! And I think it’s been helping my nails too because they look so shiny and happy.


    1. Princess Cookie

      I used to be a MAJOR nail-biter. Lemony Flutter is fantastic! If you need something to help healing your cuticles from picking, give the Qtica a try.


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