In the winter we often overlook an essential part of our nail routine: caring for our cuticles. Cold weather dries out skin as a whole, but cuticles are one of the first places to look and feel parched. According to board-certified dermatologist Lily Talakoub, that’s because the skin on the hands is subject to the frigid air, winds, and chronic washing, all of which can be incredibly dehydrating. “Cuticles also have less oil glands to keep them moisturized,” the McLean, Virginia-based doc points out. Dry cuticles may not seem like a big deal, but they can peel, crack, and even bleed, leading to a pretty painful nail sitch. To help them stay in tip-top shape, reach for one of the beauty buys below. Unlike classic hand lotions, these products are powered solely by moisturizing natural oils (like almond, avocado, and argan) that sink into skin to help deliver healthier cuticles one drop at a time.

1.Grown Alchemist Cuticle Oil ($29): This formula features an impressive fatty acid count with neem and borage extract oils as its star ingredients. Rich in vitamin E and antioxidants, the elixir penetrates deep to soften and revive dry, cracked cuticles.

2. Tenoverten The Rose Oil ($26): Made with essential vitamins and minerals, this natural nail pen has a blend of jojoba, pomegranate, sweet almond, argan, and hemp seed oils. These ingredients work in tandem to improve nail growth, reduce redness associated with irritation, and protect cuticles.

3. Blossom Scented Cuticle Oil ($7): This lavender-scented cuticle oil is as effective as it is beautiful. Created with safflower seed oil infused with dried flowers, the brush-on treatment instantly pampers the delicate skin surrounding your nail.

4. L’Occitane Nourishing Nail & Cuticle Oil ($20): Treat your nail beds to a highly concentrated mix of shea butter and almond oil.

5. Pacifica Coconut Rehab Nourishing Cuticle Oil ($12): Made with a combination of powerful botanicals like wild rose, safflower, and cottonseed, this healing cuticle treatment can improve the look of any at-home mani in a few quick swipes.

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