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We tried the $8 cuticle cream taking over Amazon and loved the results

This bestseller is worth the hype.
This active mom cleans, cooks and washes her hands multiple times a day. She claimed that the cream has changed her nails completely.
This active mom cleans, cooks and washes her hands multiple times a day. She claimed that the cream has changed her nails completely.Amazon

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Getting a manicure is a great way to relax and pamper yourself at the end of a long week, but that might not be possible if your local salon is still closed.

If you've struggled with nails that are weak and you often find them breaking or chipping, this nail strengthening cuticle cream might be exactly what you need. It's currently the bestselling nail growth product on Amazon, and it's even a favorite of Shop TODAY's associate commerce editor Megan Foster.

"For years, I’ve struggled with weak and brittle nails that split as soon as they grow past the tips of my fingers," Foster said. "When I started using the Hard as Hoof Nail Strengthening Cream, they became stronger in less than a week."

Hard as Hoof Nail Strengthening Cuticle Cream

The formula includes ingredients such as calcium, vitamins A, C, D and E, beeswax and jojoba seed oil to condition your cuticles and nails. The brand recommends applying a few times throughout the day, though Foster says she's seen success with just applying it at night.

"Every other night I rub a small amount of the cream into my nail beds for about 30 seconds. In the morning, my nails look hydrated and my cuticles feel noticeably softer.” she said. "Now, my nails don’t split or break when doing daily chores like cleaning. Because they’re thicker, they grow longer and I actually have to clip my nails — which is something I never had to do when they were weak.”

If your fingernails aren't the problem, this cream also works on toenails — plus the brand says it's cruelty-free and has never been tested on animals. If that wasn't enough to convince you, it even smells good! The coconut scent will leave your hands smelling fresh after application.

The cream also has over 1,900 verified five-star reviews on Amazon.

"My nails are strong and healthy...the picture is from day 1 and day much growth! And strength!"Amazon

One reviewer wrote that they felt helpless after their nails were in terrible shape upon removing their acrylics. As a last resort after trying more expensive nail strengtheners, they tried Hard as Hoof and immediately noticed a difference. "Tried this product and within seven days my nails were looking and feeling great and my cuticles are healthy and soft," the verified reviewer wrote.

"My nails haven’t been this strong for a very long time. I can only imagine with overtime usage on how much longer my nails will get."Amazon

"For the first time in years I was able to grow out my nails and get a manicure that I knew wouldn't get ruined by a broken nail within a few days," wrote another verified reviewer. "I can even open a can of cat food without worrying about breaking my nails now."

Better yet, Foster says this cream will last a long time.

"A little goes a long way with this cream," Foster said. "Even with using it every other night, one $8 container lasts me months.”

This article was originally published on Nov. 6, 2019.

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