We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is Cuticle Cream?

By Greer Hed
Updated May 21, 2024
Our promise to you
BeautyAnswered is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At BeautyAnswered, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Cuticle cream is used for moisturizing and softening the layers of dead skin surrounding the fingernails and toenails. It is often applied before a manicure or pedicure. Overgrown, dry, or ragged cuticles can then be gently pushed back and reshaped. This process both enhances the health of the nails and cuticles and gives the fingers or toes a more pleasing appearance. This cream is primarily made of some combination of vegetable or essential oils, occasionally with vitamins added for additional benefits to the skin. It is also common for the cream to include citric acid or urea to help the skin absorb it faster.

The word "cuticle" is often mistakenly applied to the eponychium, a hardened layer of thick skin at the base of the nails. A cuticle is actually the layer of dead skin found on top of the still-living skin of the eponychium. Together, the eponychium and the cuticle act as a protective barrier around the nail, keeping out bacteria and other foreign substances. Damage to the cuticles can result in irritation or infection of the skin surrounding the nails or of the nails themselves. Applying cuticle cream keeps the cuticles from drying out and becoming damaged, thus contributing to the overall health of the nails.

This cream can also be applied for cosmetic reasons. As it is moisturizing, it helps minimize dryness on the feet and hands, which is generally thought to be unattractive. It also softens the nails and the cuticles, making them more flexible and easier to manipulate during a manicure or pedicure. Often, manicurists or pedicurists will gently massage the skin surrounding the nails as they apply the cream. This massaging motion actually promotes nail health and growth as well by increasing blood flow to the eponychium.

Sometimes, cuticles can grow over the nails themselves, leaving small pieces of dead skin on top of the fingernails or toenails. This skin may be cut off with nail scissors, but this can potentially damage the cuticles. Cuticle cream can be applied to the overgrown cuticles instead. Once moisturized, the cuticles may be pushed back gently with a soft cloth, although some experts recommend against pushing the cuticles at all.

Cuticle creams are safe to apply every day, or even multiple times daily. They can be applied in small amounts to the nails and surrounding areas with a cotton swab. Most are not absorbed into the skin immediately; to ensure full absorption, the cream should be left on the skin for a few minutes before beginning a manicure or pedicure.

BeautyAnswered is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Discussion Comments
By anon997808 — On Mar 02, 2017

I have tried many cuticle creams and oils but the one that has worked out the best for me is from sunnyqnyc. It is very rich in mink and emu oils, ceramides, etc.

By helene55 — On Feb 01, 2011

Some brands of cuticle cream and oil don't really work very well, and others are really expensive. I would suggest looking at several brands before you buy, there are a lot of cheap quality cosmetics for nail care on the market.

BeautyAnswered, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

BeautyAnswered, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.