You may not give your cuticles a second thought, but healthy cuticles can really change the appearance of your hands and nails. We show you how to care for your cuticles in under 2 minutes and share a recipe for natural cuticle oil.

1. Moisturise your cuticles

Start by massaging in a drop of cuticle oil or hand cream into the cuticles.

2. Push back cuticles with an orange stick

Gently push back the cuticles with an orange stick (available at chemists and health and beauty stores for around $1).

3. Remove any hangnails

Use a cuticle clipper to trim any hangnails. Don’t pull or tug, simply trim as needed.

4. Moisturise again

Finish with another cuticle massage using cuticle oil or hand cream. Don’t forget to keep your cuticle oil or hand cream by your bed to moisturise again before going to sleep.

Our favourite products

Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme, $14.95.

The comforting lemon scent makes looking after your cuticles a small luxury. The little tin fits perfectly into your handbag for a quick moisturise on the go.

Lush Helping Hands, $19.50.

This luscious hand cream is packed with essential oils to nourish dry, scratchy cuticles. Plus it’s one of our favourite hand creams and you’l notice the difference to your skin in 1 week.

Nutrimetics Hand & Nail Treatment Creme, $6.90.

This bargain hand and nail cream is non-greasy which I love – not a fan of that slippery feeling especially as you’re looking for your keys in the morning! Plus the formula lifts dead skin cells leaving you with younger-looking hands.

Natural cuticle oil

This oil is cheap and easy to make – make a few extra bottles as they make a great stocking stuffer!


1 part almond oil

1 part jojoba oil

1 part rice bran oil

1-2 drops of essential oil (optional)

Choose a small glass or plastic bottles that has a lid with a tight seal, preferably with a built-in dropper so you can apply the oil easily. You can find these at chemists and craft stores.

Add the first three oils to the bottle and add 1-2 drops of your favourite essential oil if using. We like lavender to calm or orange to invigorate. Screw the lid on tightly and shake to amalgamate the oils. Your cuticle oil is ready to use!