There are so many perks to using artificial nails and creating your own DIY manicure. They’re easy to apply, the process takes up half the time you would spend in a nail salon, and you get to save money. But the downside to that is having to deal with any mishaps—like nail glue in the wrong places. If you’ve experienced nail glue being stuck to your skin, then you know how much of a struggle it can be to get it off. You are trying to unstick a substance whose only job is to stick to something. Luckily, it can be removed, and it’s just about finding the right techniques that don’t involve irritating your skin. Read on for four easy ways to get nail glue off the skin using things you may already have in your home.
Option #1: Nail Polish Remover
The first thing that likely comes to mind when attempting to remove glue from your skin is to use nail polish remover—and rightly so. Here’s how.
What You’ll Need: Cotton swabs, nail polish remover, and a toothbrush.
How To: To remove nail glue from your skin, you’ll want to use an acetone-based nail polish remover. This will be most efficient in dissolving the glue. Dip a cotton swab into your acetone remover, then press the swab onto the affected area. Allow it to soak in the acetone, applying more as needed. Do this until the glue begins to dissolve. When the glue starts to dissolve, use a clean toothbrush to gently rub away the glue residue.
Editor’s Note: Acetone can be very drying to your skin. While using a cotton swab will help you pinpoint exactly where you apply acetone, chances are you’ll still get some nail polish remover on areas of skin that don’t have nail glue on them. Replenish moisture in your hands with a hydrating lotion like the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Manuka Honey All Over Balm- Face, Neck, Chest and Hands.
Option #2: Petroleum Jelly
Alternatively, tried-and-true multitasking petroleum jelly may also be able to remove nail glue from your skin.
Items needed: Petroleum jelly, soap, and water.
How To: Apply a generous amount of petroleum jelly to the affected area of skin. Rub the petroleum jelly in circular motions, massaging it onto the dried nail glue. Continue to do this for a few minutes until you notice the nail glue begin to loosen. After the petroleum jelly has broken up the nail glue, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water to get rid of any residue.
Hydrate your hand’s post-nail glue removal with a moisturizing hand cream like the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Manuka Honey All Over Balm- Face, Neck, Chest and Hands. It's infused with calcium and nourishing oils that will leave your hands feeling super soft.
Option #3: Soap And Water
If you act fast, soap and water can be used as a nail glue removal method. This method will take the longest, but if you don’t have any other useful ingredients it will save you a trip to the store with nail glue stuck to your hands.
Items needed: A bowl, soap, and water.
How To: Fill a bowl with lukewarm water and soap. Dip the affected area into the mixture and allow it to soak for several minutes. Depending on how quickly you noticed and reacted to the nail glue on your skin, this can take anywhere from 10 to 40 minutes. Simply keep an eye on the glue until you notice it dissolving. When you notice the glue starts to dissolve, gently peel the glue away from your skin. As always, follow up with a hand cream like the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Manuka Honey All Over Balm to restore moisture.
Option #4: Hand Lotion
Last but not least, hand lotion itself can be used to remove nail glue from the skin.
Items needed: L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Manuka Honey All Over Balm- Face, Neck, Chest and Hands, soap, and water.
How To: Apply the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Manuka Honey All Over Balm- Face, Neck, Chest and Hands to the affected area and massage it onto the glue in a circular motion. Continue to do this until the glue begins to flake away. Once the glue has flaked away, wash your hands with soap and water to eliminate any remaining glue. When all the glue is gone, apply more hand cream to lock in moisture and restore your skin.