Our Guide to our favorite nail oils

Written by Jacqueline Nguyen Pharm.D.

Founder & Chief Formulator Dr. J graduated from the University of Southern California with a doctorate degree in Pharmacy in 1998. She took two years on sabbatical to learn about herbs and plants from Eastern countries and incorporated the western science teaching in order to combine the best out of both Eastern Ayurveda and Western medicine so that Dr. J’s Natural company can become a credible science-based nutraceutical company.

August 24, 2022

Cuticle Oils are nourishing formulas that hydrate, soothe, and protect your nails from breakage.

If you’ve noticed your nails have been a little more dry and ragged than normal lately, you’re not alone — between all that hand washing and professional nail salons being closed, our nails are taking a hit. This means we need to do a little more care on our end to ensure our nails stay healthy. Fortunately, it’s easy to achieve soft, hydrated nails at home with the help of easily available cuticle oils.

Cuticle oils can penetrate the nails deeply and instantly, keeping them hydrated, supple, and healthy.” Nails are like a sponge — when they’re dehydrated they’re hard and can crack and turn brittle.” And, to the point of protecting the skin, cuticle oils are wonderful for keeping the cuticle and other skin around your nails from drying out and causing hangnails. Many people might not know the problem of hangnails. It is a little piece of skin that isn’t part of the nail. Instead, it’s a torn piece of skin that hangs loose next to your nails.

How to Use Cuticle Oils

Here’s the great news: Using one is ridiculously simple. “A little goes a long way, so all you have to do is apply a drop or two on top of or around your nail and gently massage it in. Cuticle oils are formulated to absorb quickly, so you don’t have to worry about any leftover greasy residue. While you can absolutely apply a cuticle oil over your nails polish or acrylic nails; however, make sure to massage a little bit underneath the nail, too. (Sometimes the polish can impede penetration.)

Try applying a cuticle oil at least a few times per day but note that following contact with water — think hand washing, showering, dishwashing — is the most important time. When it comes to choosing a good formula, we recommend looking for cuticle oils that contain VITAMIN E or JOJOBA OIL, two top-notch hydration for both the skin and nails. Moreover, JOJOBA OIL is a great carrier oil thus it will bring the necessary ingredient deep down to your nail bed. In addition, other oils that are great for the nails are MINERAL OIL, COCOS NUCIFERA (COCONUT) OIL, HYDROGENATED SWEET ALMOND OIL, ALOE BARBADENSIS EXTRACT, SAFFLOWER SEED OIL.

Our Favorite Cuticle Oils

Ready to ace your nail-care game? Shop our five fave cuticle oils below, as recommended by our team here at DrJ’s.

  1. OPI Pro Spa Collection Nail and Cuticle Oil
  2. L’Occitane Shea Nail and Cuticle Oil
  3. Sally Hansen Nail Treatment Vitamin E Nail and Cuticle Oil
  4. CND Solar Oil Nail and Cuticle Care
  5. Dior Huile Abricot Daily Nutritive Serum

Finishing Thoughts

Oiling will benefit everyone and it’s such a simple process to integrate into your routine. We encourage everyone who reads this post to start oiling once daily! The difference is amazing, we promise you!


Summary of Cuticle Oils and their Functions


5 functions of cuticle oil infographic


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