I love you for this! Genius blog post series idea, helps a lot
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.
i love the burts bees cuticle balm or lush’s lemony flutter :)
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.