13 August 2014

Learning the Lingo - Cuticle remover

Hi loves! Welcome to another installment of Learning the Lingo! In this series I will talk about products you might use maintaining your nails and such, what my favorite product is in that category and to keep it fun and to learn something, I'll tell you the Dutch word for it too :-D! I hope you enjoy this post, let's get started with today's subject.


Cuticle remover A cuticle remover contain materials which soften the dead skin and allow for easy removal of the cuticle which is the dead skin that covers the lower base of the nail.

The Dutch word for cuticle remover is nagelriem verwijderaar. That's not what I call it, ever. Just cuticle remover ^^.

When you ask 10 people about cuticle care, chances are a few will respond "what cuticle care?", a few might say "I use oil!" and worst case scenario, some will say "I cut my cuticles!". If you ever hear such a thing, especially from a professional, you might want to step away and don't come back there. Cutting your cuticles is one of the biggest mistakes to be made in a nail care routine. Cutting has a big risk of damaging the healthy, living skin and also exposes you to larger infection risks because the tools might not be cleaned properly.

If you want to know more about cuticles and their purpose, please read back the post about cuticle oil. Basically, cuticles are there to protect the nail itself but can grow a bit wild if you don't maintain them in anyway. The dead skin might attach to your nail plate and make it harder to do a neat paint job. With the use of a cuticle remover (combined with regular use of an oil), you'll notice you have less dead skin on the nail plate and after a few uses, less over grown cuticles.

Usually, you apply the remover with a brush or an applicator that might be in the product itself, directly onto your cuticles. Let it sit for a bit and then use an orange wood stick to scrape off the product and along with that, the dead skin! Wash your hands afterwards and you should have happy, clean cuticles. Side bonus: if you had a staining polish on that seeped into the sides of your nail beds, this might take it out a bit as well.

My favorites are the Nfu Oh Cuticle Remover which is lasting me a forever (I think my bottle is 4 years old already!) and Essence Studio Nails Fast Cuticle Remover. The Nfu Oh seems to work best on me, but the Essence has a gel like consistency which is easier on the toes I think :-).

What's the word for cuticle remover in your language? Tell me in the comments!

31 comments :

  1. I go get a professional manicure at least once a month and she cuts the dead skin (never live!) and it helps a lot. I have a huge bottle of Blue Cross cuticle remover at home but I don't care to use it - I feel like I need more education on it.

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  2. BeautyChick10113 August, 2014 16:22

    I say cuticle remover, but that doesn't mean I remember to use it :)

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  3. I have a bottle of California Mango Magic cuticle remover that I love, I just hardly ever remember to use it! I'll remember the Essence Studio one for my toenails, as I don't like the CMM one for pedicures.

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  4. Nagelbands borttagning or Nagelbands remover in Swedish or Swenglish.

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  5. Виктория Артамонова13 August, 2014 20:05

    The phrase in Russian is quite a mouthful, so we usually use the word "remover" - those of us who know a bit about nail care, I mean :)
    I like Cutique by Orly, some other popular brands (Bluecross and Sally Hansen) just didn't work on me. Thanks for the tip on Essence, I'll try it on my toes.

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  6. I'm currently using blue cross and the bottle is so huge I'll probably use this for a while. Cuticle care is so important.

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  7. Removedor de cutículas in portuguese.

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  8. This was super helpful! I am such a noob when it comes to nails and nail care... I paint my nails once or twice a week and file them once a week... And that's it LOL. Good to know about cuticle remover though!

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  9. Cuticle Remover ;)

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  10. Same lingo but count me among those who don't use it, boo!

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  11. I use a green Sally Hansen - and it's just "cuticle remover"

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  12. I think if you were to start using a good cuticle remover, the clipping might not be needed anymore. It's a good thing that you let a professional handle the nipping because they are more educated, but she can still make a tiny mistake which will hurt your cuticles real bad. That's why I think nobody should nip ever! Best way to start using it is by just applying a bit to your cuticles, and if your are afraid to hurt your skin when removing it with an orange wood stick, a good rub will also do the trick (not as well, but still, using a cotton pad and massaging the remover away might help already!).

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  13. ;-) try to do so every 2/3 weeks or so and it'll improve your cuticle health so much!

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  14. I don't use mine often enough either (sssssh) but it always makes such a difference if I do!

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  15. A word with a double tt, that looks so interesting :-D!

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  16. You are welcome! And I have heard about Cutique before, maybe I'll try it when I run out of Nfu Oh.

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  17. I have seen those bottles in pictures and they are huge indeed!

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  18. That sounds beautiful somehow :)

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  19. Glad to be of help! If you ever have any questions, I love answering them :-).

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  20. I might take some home with me later this year!

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  21. The German word for Cuticle Remover is Nagelhaut-Entferner, but I never call it this. So far I like the one from Essence, but I have heard many good things about the Gel one from Sally Hansen, so I might try this soon. I only use it once a month, or else it will irritate my skin. I feel moisturizing regularly already helps keeping the growth at bay.
    As a teenager, I was guilty of cutting my cuticles with one of those nifty tools from the drugstore. Not a good idea! And cuticles will grow back even thicker if you cut them. So now I use a cuticle oil and only push them back when I get out of the shower.

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  22. It's definitely food for thought - I wish I lived in a bigger town with more options for nail salons... She's been doing nails 20 years so she's tending to stick to her education from 20 years ago instead of going to classes now to see what they are teaching. :|

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  23. This is what I use, too. Great stuff and really cheap.

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  24. And I meant to add that I read somewhere that you can add a cap of this stuff (it's a runny liquid) to a foot soak and it will help with getting rid of callouses on your feet. I haven't tried it yet but it seems like it would work.

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  25. Which one is your favorite Laura?

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  26. Yup, keeping them moisturized helps a lot! And I like to use a soft brush in the shower every once in a while to give them a scrub.

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