How To Use Cuticle Oil

As a lady, you’re aware that getting your nails done is for proper hygiene and maintaining your cuticles. You would rather learn how to do it yourself and not go to the salon regularly.

In today’s article, you will know how to use cuticle oil like a professional every time you apply some.

Let’s dive in…

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How to Apply Cuticle Oil? 

One of the great ways to always keep your nails looking clean and healthy is by using cuticle oil. Application is easy, and here is a simple step-by-step guide in applying cuticle oil.

·   Step 1: Apply oil to nails  

It usually starts by applying oil to the nails on your hands. You can either roll it, brush, or drop, depending on whatever makes you comfortable. Just focus on one hand at a time and squeeze the oil onto each of your nails. Remember that a little oil will always go a long way, but don’t worry about applying it often because it still works. 

·   Step 2: Massage oil into cuticles 

 Take time to massage the oil gently into your cuticles. Ensure to massage it into the sides of the nails and the skin surrounding it. This will help induce blood circulation. With this, you can use oil before going to bed once you have already pushed back your cuticles.

You have to prevent applying the oil before painting your nails or getting a manicure. Just wait until the application of cuticle oil is done. 

·   Step 3: Hold dropper about 5 inches from your nail 

If you’re using a dropper to distribute the oil, hold it at least 5 inches away from the nail. You may also use some other types to dispense the cuticle oil if you want, like a brush or perhaps a roller to carefully dispense the oil.

·   Step 4: Re-apply oil every two to three hours

Now that you’re done with the oil application, re-apply it every two to three hours. This is enough time for the oil to absorb and dry completely. Or, if you want, you can reapply as often as you need to.

How Often Should You Use Cuticle Oil?

Cuticle oil is a kind of oil specially blended to apply directly to nails, cuticles, and the skin around the nails to always keep them moisturized and well-nourished. Yes, it’s important that you consistently use cuticle oil, but you must know how often.

So how often should you use cuticle oil? Experts recommend applying cuticle oil at least three times a day. However, if you have a worn-out or damaged cuticle, you can just apply the cuticle oil every time you get to wash your hands. This is to prevent irritation and prevent worsening the situation. Here are the best times to use cuticle oil.

·   Mornings (When doing your Make-up) 

Applying cuticle oils when you’re doing your make-up for work in the morning will help hydrate and moisturize your cuticles for the whole day. Just make it a part of your make-up routine, so it becomes a consistent habit.

·   After lunch (Midday) 

Even if you’re done applying cuticle oil in the morning, most of the cuticle oil would be removed, especially when washing your hands. You just have to re-apply some cuticle oil after taking your lunch or after you’ve washed your hands from eating your midday meal.

·  Evening (Before going to sleep) 

Before you go to bed, always apply a coat of cuticle oil to your nails and cuticle to keep them hydrated overnight. You may wear moisturizing gloves as well to ensure that the cuticle oil is absorbed fully into your skin.

How Long Do You Leave Cuticle Oil On?

Once you’re done applying cuticle oil on each of your nails, there is no such time as to how long it is recommended to stay on your nails. In fact, it takes 2 to 3 hours to completely absorb and dry the cuticle oil. You may also re-apply whenever you need or want to.

Do You Put Cuticle Oil on Before or After Nail Polish?

There are so many instances when you can put cuticle oil. Polish or no polish, your nails would benefit from every drop of hydration the cuticle oil brings. However, if you’re attending an event and want to make your fingers look better and presentable, I think it is best to prevent using it before you apply manicure or nail polish, after the manicure and after you soak the nails back, the shape of the cuticle.

This is to avoid the nail polish from sticking to your nail. But if you want to apply it before you get a manicure, just make sure that you have your nails wiped clean using alcohol or a nail polish remover.  

Do You Let Cuticle Oil Dry? 

This is a common question that most girls ask me if it is okay to let the cuticle oil dry. Actually, yes. You can let the cuticle oil dry once you apply it. And you should know that whenever your cuticles appear dry, you can still re-apply cuticle oil again. The goal here is for the cuticle oil to thoroughly absorb. Otherwise, it will not follow properly.


For years, it has always been a part of every woman’s beauty and skincare routine to include cleaning nails. We always want those fancy-looking fingers to make a statement. That said, a little droplet of oil could help add an extra day or two for your beautiful fingers. Cuticle oil might be something that most women forget, but you will always give your healthy-looking fingers all the time when you make it a habit.

I hope this article has helped you know more and understand how to use cuticle oil. Just make it a habit, and you will see better results one day. It toughens up vulnerable and weak nail plates and will not give you a greasy feeling. Continue making yourself better, and don’t forget to always apply cuticle oil to your nails.

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