Rubbing vitamin E oil or shea butter into the nails and cuticles once or twice a day and before bed is often enough to prevent cracked cuticles, according to O, The Oprah Magazine. If this does not stop cuticles from cracking, applying a thick moisturizing cream to the hands before bedtime and wearing moisturizing gloves while you sleep can help to heal cracked cuticles and prevent further damage.
Because nails and cuticles are made of the same proteins as the skin, moisture and cracking are most likely to appear during colder months when skin typically becomes more brittle, according to O, The Oprah Magazine. Ensure that the body remains hydrated to repair and prevent cracked cuticles by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Use a non-soap cleaner or moisturizing hand wash to avoid over-drying the hands during regular washing, especially during cold and flu season where hand-washing is increased. If unable to apply oil or shea butter to the cuticles throughout the day due to work or other activities, consider a nice pair of moisturizing gloves that can help to lock in the moisture overnight. Look for moisturizing gloves at a drug store or pharmacy and use them together with a high-quality cream designed for dry hands.