Long story short, I have horrible cuticles and I always have. Tearing, hangnails, sometimes bleeding, yuck. For the better part of a year I've been in quest of a product or combination of products that will work to remedy this. To that end, I've tried a number of things and reviewed several of them here. This product has made it into my permanent cuticle care routine, happily (along with Poshe AHA Cuticle Care, Lush Lemony Flutter, and Sally Hanson Salon Manicure Cuticle Eraser + Balm, in roughly that order).
I use this about once a week, on average (I usually do a treatment when I take off nail polish and have bare nails; that could be anywhere from three to ten days, so it averages out to around a week, I'm guessing). This is so easy to use, just apply it around the cuticles and very gently use an orangewood cuticle stick or a stone cuticle eraser to push back any stray bits of cuticle stuck to the nails (which happens very, very infrequently now for me, yay), rinse, wash hands, done. Easy peasy. I also use it under the tips of my nails to get rid of excess built-up skin. Sometimes, I leave the product on for a while if I've got any bits of cuticle that I feel are particularly tough or problematic, but since doing regular cuticle care, that's rarely a problem. (And can I just say how much I love to be able to say that after all these years of horrible, painful, yucky cuticles?)
I also use this on my toes, which have similar problems with dry, hard to manage cuticles and also with ingrowing toenails due to built-up, tough skin. It works well on the toes, and this is the only product I use on them, so I know that it's not all the other products that are making my fingers so much better; this product definitely works, and as part of a routine, it's fantastic.
Good product, great value and very cost effective, and I'm glad I tried it. For me, it's a keeper in my routine.
EDIT: Extra bonus! I read somewhere (probably on MUA, but I can't recall now) that this was good for removing hair dye stains from your skin, by using a little of this on a cotton pad. I tried it and, to my delight, it works perfectly.
This is by far my favourite cuticle remover! Not only is the product absolutely fantastic, but the value is incredible! I pick this up at Sally Beauty Supply for about $6CDN, and although it would take me years to go through the bottle, I usually replace is annually. I've used this on myself, as well as family and friends, and it's worked like a charm on everyone. It melts away the toughest cuticle without irritation or pain. Super easy to use. I advice working on one hand at a time and transferring the liquid into a smaller bottle, either a polish one or something with a dropper. You can also just dip a brush or Q-Tip into the product if you don't plan on sharing it with anyone.
Blue Cross Cuticle Remover is strong and works fast. It comes in a huge bottle which will last for years as it only takes a little bit. I transferred some to a 1 oz. dropper bottle for easier use. I add a couple of drops to each nail and then immediately you can rub away the dead skin with a cuticle stick. Just make sure to wipe clean and moisturize after!
This is my HG of nail/foot treatments! (Available at Sally's for around $6)
For feet: I have tried many of the tips on here for removing calluses: (1) soaking with water and enough BCCR (Blue Cross Cuticle Remover) to make it cloudy; (2) applying BCCR directly to feet, then pumice; (3) wetting a washcloth with BCCR, placing it in an empty grocery store plastic bag, putting feet in the bag and tying it (!).
However, BY FAR the BEST (least messy, wastes the least amount of product, and, most importantly, is the MOST EFFECTIVE) tip I read was to squirt some BCCR directly onto a Mr. Pumice Pumi Foot File and use it in the shower on your feet. This makes my feet COMPLETELY baby smooth in a way that none of the other treatments did. I often would use Mr. Pumice after trying the three treatments mentioned above, and I never got even close to completely smooth from it.
For nails: I haven't found a great method of applying this yet. I usually just squirt a little on each nail. This stuff removes all dead skin and every trace of cuticles! I use my metal cuticle pusher and/or my cuticle clippers (I know, bad... I usually use them to remove dead skin, though!) afterward. The most important tip is to not leave it on too long and make sure to moisturize when you are done!
I bought this as an alternative to cutting, but I don't really see myself using this. I tried it, and it didn't seem to do much but I do worry about the chemical effecting my nails. I ended up cutting them off anyway, which I think is more time effective for my cuticles. I tried it as a pedi soak too, but feel it doesn't do much that a regular pumice stone doesn't. I returned this.
I cannot be without this stuff. It makes my nails look like I had them done at the nail shop. All the dead skin is gone (I know, gross) and it cleans well underneath the nail. I even use this on my feet too to slough off rough and dry spots. A huge bottle will last you a while and the only thing you have to be careful is to not have any open cuts as this can cause great pain. Also rinse well after application. I bought my bottle at Sally's but I have seen it at other beauty supply stores. If you like to wear nail polish or just like your nails to look well-manicured and clean, I highly recommend this.
I love this! This is my HG cuticle remover. It works wonderfully and considering the size for the price it is dirt cheap. The applicator could be better but I just apply with a q-tip which I don't mind anyway. So glad I picked this up at my local Sally's!
This stuff is great! I just wet a q-tip then wipe on each cuticle then use an orange stick and go around my cuticle. Immediately, my nails look like I just received a 45 minute manicure. It was $8 at my local Sally's Beauty Supply store. So worth it! You get a fairly large sized bottle as well.
I picked this up after reading so many rave reviews. I also got a sample from a nice swapper to test it out. I picked up this giant bottle which I thought may last my lifetime, until I read all the reviews using it for calloused feet as well. Genius, It is a great product, Great quality, tons of bloggers rave about it too.
Blue Cross is very effective.. but I feel that it is a little harsh on the skin. you have to be careful about getting it on your fingers/finger tips because it starts to feel a bit like Krazy Glue on the skin. So it is very important that you use manicure tools and not your bare hands. Also, it is best to use this product over the sink or the tub.. because I have heard it can really do some damage to furniture.