Pro Tips: How to deal with Dry, Cracked Cuticles

Last week for Pro Tips, I asked you how you deal with the dry, flaky red skin that breakouts can leave you with. Here are some of your answers-

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I’m definitely planning on trying out that product MandyB mentioned, that sounds like a miracle product!


I mentioned in my Fifteen Weird Facts Video that one of my bad habits is picking at the skin around my nails (mainly thumbs) and ending up with dry, red skin that is seriously not appealing to look at. I definitely don’t use hand creams enough, and that results in the skin getting dry and cracking, and then I mess with it and it just really makes a bigger mess that I wanted to deal with.

What’s your go-to product for smooth, soft cuticles?


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Trind Cuticle Balsam has been my absolute must have favorite solution for this for a year or two now. I have tried a lot of cuticle oils and the like, but I really hate how they leave my skin feeling, well, oily for quite some time and just don’t seem to sink into the skin fast enough for my liking. This stuff is nice and thin, doesn’t have that oily feel to it, and is completely absorbed into my skin within seconds. If I use this consistently for a couple of days, it completely fixes my red, gross looking cuticles to 100%. The downside is the price (around $20, ouch) but really for me, it’s worth it because I haven’t found anything else that works as quickly and doesn’t feel like I just dipped my hands in olive oil.


Comment below with your tips and tricks and product recommendations for this annoying problem! Also feel free to comment with what you’d like to see a Pro Tip Post on, I need some Ideas :D



  1. Kalyn says

    I love you for this! Genius blog post series idea, helps a lot

  2. Andrea S says

    I’m a certified Nail Technician, my biggest tip for fixing dry cuticles is cuticle oil, the brand ez flow makes a really great one if you can get access to it (online would be your best bet) I got mine with my acrylic kit when I was in school, but as far as I know it is available online. also vitamin e oil, coconut oil and even olive oil if you don’t have any of the fancy ones works. if you ever use up a polish don’t throw away the bottle, clean it out with some non-acetone based nail polish remover and put your olive oil in that, it’s the diy way of getting cuticle oil. the main reason it’s probably making your skin feel greasy is because you’re likely using too much, a little goes a long way.

  3. Emily C says

    i love the burts bees cuticle balm or lush’s lemony flutter :)

  4. cupcakecore says

    When I moisturize my hands, I try to take the time to rub some lotion into my cuticles; it’s not a perfect fix but it helps. I keep something to moisturize my cuticles on me at all times, so that if I have a little bit of downtime I smear some on (although I have been known to use plain lip balm on my cuticles in a pinch). Lately I’ve really been loving Burt’s Bees cuticle balm, but for non-greasy formulas, Sally Hansen has a cuticle cream that’s really nice, and CND’s Rejuvanator is great too.

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