The best cuticle oils for winter-ravaged hands

The best cuticle creams and oils for winter ravaged hands
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Cuticle oils need not and should not be the kind of product only applied post-manicure. Raggedy cuticles can spoil a home polish outright, as well as feeling horrible and often very sore.

The best part about all of the below is that due to the fact the cuticles are possibly the tiniest body part we have, they will all last at least until summer. Read on for our favourites...

Shea Nail and Cuticle Nourishing Oil, £12, L’Occitane

L'Occitane products are our closest allies during winter. This cuticle pen is 30 per cent shea oil, and very easy to apply on the go. 

Almond Nail and Cuticle Oil, £7.50, The Body Shop

Though the scent of almond can be off-putting to some (if you don't like it, steer clear of this), almond oil is one of the best oils for battered cuticles. 

Apricot Nourishing Cuticle Oil, £8, Cowshed

Cowshed recommend applying this cuticle morning and night. It comes with a dropper, as opposed to a brush or pen, so is definitely one for the bedside table rather than on-the-go. Nicely citrus-scented too. 

Daily Cuticle Oil, £11.25, Mavala

What Mavala don't know about nails is really not worth knowing. Used daily, this oil softens cuticles over time, meaning the next manicure you go for won't end in tears, or a reduced tip for the manicurist. 

Vitamin E Pen, £12, Nails Inc.

Perfectly handbag-sized (you will definitely mistake this for a pen when you most need one), Nails Inc. created this just for cuticle hydration. 

Crème Abricot, £20.50, Christian Dior

If pens and droppers are not your bag, then praise be for Creme Abricot. Each hand needs only a tiny amount of this slightly sticky cream-balm (we don't know which word would describe it best). Dior first introduced this in 1963, which explains the wonderful unchanged packaging. 

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