The truth is, there is no amount of nail polish that can camouflage dry, ragged cuticles, and sometimes, there is just no time for a full-blown manicure in the middle of a busy week. Enter: nail masks. These at-home remedies leave your cuticles super soft after just one use and make your nails look like you just left your spa appointment. Here are five top performers you need to try.
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Best For: Quick Fixes
It only takes five minutes for this marula oil–infused mask to leave your cuticles softened and your nails shiny. Use it as a quick fix to restore unruly nails as you’re running out the door, or as a cuticle oil for an at-home manicure.
Best For: Damaged Nails
NailTreat Mani by Look Beauty Moisture & Nourish Fingernail Mask ($10 for four treatments)
These individual nail masks (think of them like thimbles) work to exfoliate rough skin surrounding your nails and aid in the repairing of any damage from gel or glitter manicures and UV harm. It’s simple: Wear the pre-moistened finger masks for 30 minutes to an hour and massage the remaining essence into your skin.
Best for: Aging Fingertips
Repair and soften your dry cuticles with these easy-to-use nail sleeves. Boasting ingredients like beeswax, shea butter and collagen, these individual nail masks deliver a serious surge of moisture to your dry nails while also preventing signs of aging, future damage and cracking.
Best For: Serious Manicure Damage
If you constantly peel off your gel manicures (or get them, in general), look this way. Packed with nourishing goat milk and hydrating glycerin, these masks work to rewind any damage done by gel manis, leaving your once stripped and patchy nails now softened, healthy and bright.
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