6 Easy DIY Cuticle Remover Home Methods

Cuticle remover

When applying nail polishes, acrylics, dip powder, or even press on nails, taking care of your cuticles is one of the most important steps.

Pushing back and removing any excess cuticle tissue allows your manicure to feel smoother, appear brighter, and last longer by making your natural nails look more uniform.

In this article, we’ll give you some easy DIY homemade methods to remove your cuticles painlessly and safely.

How to Manage Cuticles without Cutting Them

When it comes to their cuticles, one of the biggest mistakes people make is cutting and removing all of them.

Essentially, your cuticles seal off and protect the nail matrix, which is located deeper within the cuticles, which is responsible for nail growth.

If you are working with your cuticle, you need to soften it first and then push it back instead of cutting it. Scroll down to see exactly how to do it, and I’ll leave you a video.

As you push the cuticle back, you remove some of the transparent cuticle tissue on the nail plate. This makes your nails appear more uniform, while still allowing them to act as a barrier to protect your inner nail matrix.

1- Use a Cuticle Remover

A cuticle remover is a special solution applied to your cuticles to make them easier to remove.

It is one of the most popular and effective ways to take care of your cuticles at home.

How Does a Cuticle Remover Work

Each brand of cuticle remover works differently and contains different ingredients.

Some of the most effective brands of cuticle removers contain Potassium Hydroxide or Sodium Hydroxide. The chemicals dissolve the dead cuticle tissue on the nails.

These are generally harsher on your skin and nails. As a result, I would recommend using a moisturizer along with them, or a brand that contains one.

Today, there are milder and less harsh cuticle removers that contain exfoliants similar to those used in skin washes and facials.

These break the bonds of the cuticle cells, allowing them to be pushed down and removed more easily. These contain glycolic and lactic acids.

Since cuticle removers must be thoroughly tested before they can be sold to the public, they are generally safe to use.

How to Use a Cuticle Remover

Different brands would be applied and used differently. Therefore, you should follow the instructions on how to use that specific brand of cuticle remover.

However, I recommend and use Blue Cross. They are very effective and don’t damage your nails or cuticles.

The potassium hydroxide in Blue Cross makes it easier to remove the dead cuticle skin cells. Lanolin oil is included in Blue Cross to moisturize your skin and decrease the potency of the potassium hydroxide.

How To Apply

  • First, apply the lotion around your cuticles with the applicator it comes with.
  • After you have applied the lotion, you can use a cuticle stick to push your cuticles backward.
  • In closing, if you have any pieces of cuticles that are sticking out, you can remove them with a cuticle clipper; these are generally dead skin cells, so it won’t hurt to remove them.
  • There is a great video below that guides you through step by step. Check it out.

Where to Get a Cuticle Remover

Blue Cross Cuticle Remover is available on Amazon. It comes with an applicator in the form of a nail polish bottle and brush, which makes application much easier. Click here to view the current price.

You can also use a glass cuticle stick to push back your cuticles. Cuticle pushers are very effective at pushing back your cuticles, they look very professional, and they are very hygienic since they can be washed.

To find the price on Amazon for the glass cuticle remover that I use. The flat broad end is used to scrape off and push your cuticles, and the sharp pointed end is used to remove any excess skin cells.

DIY Cuticle Remover Tool

I usually trim the cuticles with a cuticle trimmer to remove any protruding cuticles.

Click here to see the price and how it looks on Amazon. Due to its stainless steel construction, it would retain its sharpness for a very long time.

2- Use Oil, Soap and Water

Now if you don’t want to use a store-bought cuticle remover, you can use a combination of oil, soap, and water to soften your cuticles.

  • Start by washing your cuticles and nails with soap and warm water, and then apply some oil to them instead of drying them.
  • I recommend cuticle oil, but almost any oil that is used as a moisturizer can be used
  • After applying the oil, you can use your cuticle pusher to gently push and neaten up your cuticles.
  • Finally, use a nail brush or a new cleaning sponge to scrub your nails.

3- Lemon and Oil

Citric acid in lemons weakens your cuticle skin cells, allowing them to be easily removed.

Let your nails soak in the lemon for 30 seconds, then apply some oil and use a cuticle pusher to tidy up your cuticles.

4- Apple Cider Vinegar

As an alternative to lemon juice, you can also use apple cider vinegar. It also contains acetic acid, which weakens the cuticle skin, making it easier to remove.

I recommend soaking your cuticles for 30 seconds in apple cider vinegar. Next, apply some oil and then gently push and shape your cuticles.

In addition to killing bacteria and microbes on your cuticles, both lemon juice and apple cider vinegar will also help to prevent infections.

5- Use an Exfoliant (Face Wash)

Skin exfoliation involves the use of a special chemical. They are found in acne treatments, face washes, and other skin care products.

Exfoliants work by either:

  • Contains alpha hydroxy acids such as lactic acid, salicylic acid, which weaken the glue binding the skin cells together, making it easier to remove and reposition them or
  • An abrasive material like microbeads is used to remove dead cuticle skin cells.

You can now use either type of exfoliant.

For example, if your acne face wash contains Salicylic acid, you can apply some to your cuticles, let it soak in for 30 seconds, then vigorously wash it off with your hands. Lastly, apply some oil and shape your cuticles with your cuticle pusher.

You can also do the same if you have an abrasive exfoliant, but you’ll have to wash more vigorously.

6- Baking Soda and Honey

You can use baking soda as an affordable and natural exfoliator to soften your cuticles so they are easier to remove.

Baking soda will also make your cuticles extra dry, so I recommend using it in conjunction with honey, which acts as a moisturizer. Baking soda can also be used on its own.

Combine 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 1 tablespoon of honey and stir into a paste. Afterward, apply the paste to your cuticles and let it rest for 30 seconds. To shape and push your cuticles, use a cuticle remover.

Alternatively, you can make a baking soda paste with a small amount of water and I usually add a bit of oil to moisturize your cuticles if you don’t have honey.

Bonus Tip

Keep your cuticles hydrated and well-nourished to keep them looking strong and healthy.

One of the best ways to do so is to use a cuticle oil pen.

A cuticle oil pen contains specially formulated oil for both nail and cuticle health. It comes in a convenient and easy-to-use applicator.

Benefits of Using a Cuticle Remover

1- Makes Your Manicures Look More Even and Uniform

By working and shaping your cuticles, you can make your nail polish and acrylics look smoother and more uniform.

The cuticles on your nails grow at a different rate depending on which nail they are on. While some grow out more, some are pointed, while some are shaped differently. Now, by making them all even, you can make them look neater.

Additionally, if you apply your polish over the thin, transparent part of the cuticle on your nails, it will give your polish a bumpy appearance and feel.

2- Allows your Nail Polish to Look Brighter

A thin transparent cuticle tissue on your nails can actually absorb the dyes in your nail polish. It also dims the color of your polish, making it lighter than it should be.

3- Makes Your Nail Polish Last Longer

The thin layer of cuticle on your nails also prevents nail polish from adhering to your nail plate. As a result, your nail polish is more prone to peeling and its lifespan is reduced.

Drawbacks Of Cuticle Removers

Most cuticle removers and even some DIY methods are harsh on your nails, resulting in weakening them over time.

To counter this, I recommend using one with a moisturizer or applying cuticle oil after removing your cuticles.

It is also possible that if you don’t tend to your cuticles properly and end up removing too much of them, you may expose your inner nail matrix, which can lead to infection.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do you make your own cuticle remover?

Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of honey and stir into a paste. After that, apply the paste to your cuticles and let it rest for 30 seconds. Next, use a cuticle remover to push and shape your cuticles.

How do you remove cuticles without cuticle remover?

You could just rub it on your cuticles. Like just rub it back and forth. And then after that you can just take your finger. And just push back your cuticles.

What is the easiest way to remove nail cuticles?

The first step in trimming your cuticles is to soften them. You can do this by soaking your nails in warm water for a few minutes. You can also take a bath or shower to soften your nails. After that, apply cuticle remover.

What can I use to remove cuticles?

I would recommend that you just apply more cuticle softener and ideally this will dissolve any remaining skin as a matter of fact it’ll even dissolve the skin around your nails.

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