For a flawless DIY manicure or pedicure, you’ll want to clean up your cuticles first, as this creates a larger, more even canvas to apply polish. There are a few ways you can remove your cuticles and you may want to start with a liquid remover. They often include ingredients like potassium hydroxide, which breaks down dead skin, and moisturizing aloe, chamomile or lanolin to soften and exfoliate cuticles before you trim or push them back. To save you time shopping, we rounded up some of the best liquid cuticle removers ahead. Read on to see why they made our list.
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1. Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover
This gel remover with aloe and chamomile suggests just 15 seconds of exposure before you gently push back your cuticles.
Pros: The small 1-ounce bottle is easy to pack for travel use.
Cons: Some may find it too strong.
2. ProLinc Cuticle Eliminator
This product containing hydrating ingredients like propylene glycol should penetrate the cuticle for about 45 seconds.
Pros: This larger 4-ounce bottle has an easy twist cap.
Cons: Some may find it drying.
3. Blue Cross Cuticle Remover
This formula, which takes just a few minutes to work, contains carrageenan and lanolin, which both work to lock in moisture.
Pros: It comes in a 6-ounce bottle and is sold individually or in packs of six or 12.
Cons: Some may find it a little runny.