If your cuticles are dry and peeling, it can be impossible to achieve a flawless manicure or pedicure. Fortunately, they’re relatively easy to tame with the right products and tools. Gel cuticle removers contain ingredients like potassium hydroxide to break down and exfoliate away dead tissue, as well as aloe vera and moisturizing natural oils to soften overgrown cuticles. After applying the cuticle remover, you can then either trim or push back the clean cuticle using a cuticle pusher. Here, we rounded up a few options on the market for you to consider.
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1. Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover
This formula is made with with conditioning aloe vera and chamomile. After applying it to your cuticles for 15 seconds, you should be able to gently push back the dead skin.
Pros: It comes in a 1-ounce bottle that’s travel-friendly. It’s easy to apply.
Cons: Some may need to apply it more than once to toenails to see results.
2. Orly Cutique Cuticle Remover
Not only does this gel with moisturizing sesame oil dissolve cuticles, but it can also help remove stains. Just don’t leave it on for longer than five minutes.
Pros: It’s free of DBP, toluene, formaldehyde and parabens. The brush makes application effortless.
Cons: It may not be the best to use on sensitive skin.
3. Elavae Cuticle Oil & Gel Remover
In addition to a remover, this kit also includes a cuticle oil featuring six hydrating oils including jojoba, avocado, almond, grapeseed and lemon oil.
Pros: The bottle of gel provides about 30 uses. The set comes with a stainless steel cuticle pusher.
Cons: Some may find it a little hard to apply.