You have always been discouraged to remove your gel nail polish at home for fear that you will inevitably harm or damage your nails. Even though that’s probably true, but what if you need to remove it now? Resist the big urge to bite, pick at, or rip off the polish as this will take off layers of your nails with it. There are professional ways to remove your gel polish at home without totally wrecking your nails. All you need is a bit of time and a lot of patience!
1 || Sit In A Well-Ventilated Place
The process will probably take you around 30 minutes, that’s why you will need a well-ventilated place so that you do not inhale all of the acetone.
2 || File First
Using a coarse nail file, sand down the top layer of polish slowly and gently. Don’t aim to remove all the polish off; you’re only expected to rough up the top coat. If you’re confused about it, think about just removing the shine.
3 || Apply A Cream Barrier
You will need to protect the skin surrounding your nails with a cuticle cream or any thick cream. The acetone is quite harsh and you will be using quite a lot.
4 || Soak Cotton Balls Or….
You can either fill a small bowl with acetone along with a drop or two of cuticle oil, or you can soak a number of cotton balls. Cotton balls are preferred to pads since the pads quickly absorb the acetone and dry out. And refrain from using acetone that comes with moisturising ingredients as these will lessen its efficiency.
5 || Wrap Your Tips With Aluminium Foil
Just like they would do at the salon, prepare a number of aluminium foil squares (7×7 cm) before you start the whole process. Start with your non-dominant hand and wrap each fingertip after placing a cotton ball underneath. You will need plenty of patience here till you manage all fingertips. Check on them after 15 to 20 minutes; if the polish looks like it’s falling off then the remaining polish should lift easily with no pressure. If not, soak for five more minutes and try again.
6 || Nail Stick
It is thought that using a wooden nail stick can help remove the extra bits of polish that stick. Be gentle. Make sure to dispose of the stick after use. If the polish is still resisting you will need to soak your nails again using a cotton ball for a little bit longer.
7 || Hydrate
It is expected that the nails will be more on the dry side after this prolonged exposure to acetone. It is recommended that you allow your nails to breathe a bit. You can soak them in coconut oil for up to 10 minutes and then apply cuticle oil.