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Cuticle Removal Essentials: Steps For Safe Removal, Tools & FAQ

Written by: Ellie Simmons



Time to read 5 min

If you're anything like us, then you are all about nails! Not only can a fresh set of healthy nails make you look fabulous, but they can also work wonders for your confidence. That is why we believe looking after your nail health is essential. 

Cuticle removal is an essential aspect of your nail health, and in this blog, we will explore how you can remove them safely. 

We will also recommend some handy Mylee tools and answer some FAQs.


What Is Cuticle Removal?

A cuticle is a layer of skin located along the edge of your nail bed and can grow onto the nail bed. It protects the growth of new nails from bacteria which can cause infections. 

Therefore, it is crucial that you take care of your cuticles and keep them clean. 

Often, excess skin from your cuticles can dry up or get in the way of your nail bed. In these instances, you may wish to remove the cuticles by gently pushing them back down towards the edge of the nail bed and trimming them. 

Applying gel polish over cuticles will cause premature lifting, peeling or chipping of your gel manicure. You want to remove any cuticle that has grown over the nail bed before gel polish application. With that in mind, today's post explores:

  • Steps for safe cuticle removal
  • Recommended cuticle removers, tools & oils

Steps For Safe Cuticle Removal

Your cuticles are very delicate. Therefore, you must handle the removal with care. Failure to remove your cuticles safely can result in discomfort and can damage the skin. 

Here's an overview of the steps for cuticle removal:

Step 1: Apply some cuticle remover to soften the area for 1 minute

Step 2: Gently push your cuticles back with a cuticle pusher or cuticle stick

Step 3: Use nippers to cut off any dead white skin and hangnails

Step 4: Apply nourishing cuticle cream or oil

If you plan to do apply gel polish after cuticle prep, we don't recommend adding oil or cream.

You want a clean dehydrated nail bed before gel polish application, and recommend you add your cuticle oil and hand cream after gel polish application as the last step of your mani.

Now let's go into more detail about safely removing cuticles.

Step 1 - Soften: Start by using our Mylee cuticle remover and apply onto your cuticles for a few minutes. This will help soften up the cuticles, which is crucial for the upcoming steps. 

Step 2 - Push: The next step is pushing back your cuticles. Use a metal cuticle pusher or wooden stick and gently push them back down the nail bed. If you have any dead skin on the nail bed, we recommend using a metal cuticle pusher as it has a scraper end.

Perfect for getting rid of those stubborn pieces of dead and excess skin. 

Step 3 - Remove: By this point, you will easily be able to see the soft, white dead skin that needs to be trimmed. Healthy skin should be left well alone, and trimming the dead skin shouldn't be painful.

Take this opportunity to tidy up hangnails and parts of your nail that might cause snags using the Mylee Cuticle Nippers

Step 4 - Apply: Now you have tidied up your nail beds, you need to prioritise moisturiser. Your hands and nails need nourishing.

We suggest you apply cuticle oil or hand cream to your nail beds and nail plate. Your hands and nails will be glowing after following our safe cuticle removal steps!

Cuticle Remover Tools & Oils

There are specific nail tools and oils that are a necessity for safe cuticle removal. We've picked out some of our favourite Mylee products to help you. 

Let's dive in!

Cuticle Pushers

Our metal cuticle pusher helps you take care of overgrown cuticles with ease. It is dual ended with one curved end and one scraper end.

The curved end is ideal for pushing back your cuticles, while the scraper end helps you get rid of any excess skin. 

Don't forget to check out our wooden cuticle pusher sticks too!

Cuticle Oil Dips & Pens

Cuticle oil is essential for keeping your hands and nails hydrated. They help to keep your cuticles nourished and clean, so you achieve the healthy nails you've always desired.

Take a look at our Sweet Almond Nail Cuticle Oil. Enriched with hydrating ingredients, your nails won't just look good; they will smell good too. It's a nail staple that we can't live without.

For those that are always on the go, you may prefer our Cuticle Oil Roller Pen. The roller applicator makes it perfect for topping up your nails on the go. 

Cuticle Clipper

Cuticle clippers help you precisely trim overgrown cuticles with care.

Not only can they be used to give your nails a neat and tidy appearance, but they can also help you remove any hangnails too that could be getting in your way.

Check out our Mylee cuticle Nippers made from stainless steel. If you ask us, they are a definite nail care essential.


Do I Need To Go To A Salon For Cuticle Removal?

No, you do not need to visit a nail salon for safe cuticle removal. Our Mylee Hand & Nail Care Kit is equipped with all the tools you need to remove your cuticles at home safely.

What Can I Do To Keep My Nails Healthy?

Cleanliness is key to good nail health. You should always try to keep your hands dry and clean. Our top tip to keep nails healthy is regular application of cuticle oil or our nail serum - they will help your nail to be healthier as it grows out. We recommend using our Mylee Manicure Tools Kit, which has every essential you need, from nail clippers to buffers, to ensure that your nails look healthy.

Is A Cuticle Dead Skin Or Excess Skin?

A cuticle is a thin layer of dead skin. It can grow out, leaving you with excess skin overhanging your nail bed. If your cuticles start to overgrow, follow our five top tips to remove them safely.

How Does A Cuticle Remover Work?

A cuticle remover, like the Mylee cuticle remover with peppermint oil, exfoliates the skin on your nail, gently dissolving away dead skin. A cuticle remover is pain-free and works within a matter of minutes.

Is Cuticle Removal Painful?

Cuticle removal is not painful - if you follow our safety tips outlined in this blog post. Failure to remove your cuticles safely can damage the skin, which can cause slight discomfort. Follow our five safety steps above, and you should feel no pain at all.

Ellie Simmons

Ellie is the Brand Manager at Mylee, where she immerses herself in all things gel nails. 

Alongside being a skilled and certified nail technician, Ellie's expertise extends to gel manicures and nail extensions. Her heart and soul are devoted to all things nail-related, and she loves flaunting her own long, natural nails with captivating nail art. 

Ellie's ultimate favourites are iridescent and sparkly designs!

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