Apply the lotion to the area around the nail. The cuticles are massaged in a tight circular motion in the direction of the center and let it penetrate for the best results. It is used daily before bed, so that the lotion can play its role during the night. The icicles should be removed from the nails before you continue to apply the nail polish, to allow the base coat and nail polish to adhere. Once a week or when applying nail polish, you should push the cuticles back after using the cuticle remover, using a small stick wrapped in a piece of cotton.