Every female goes gaga over a gel manicure. And why not? After all, it makes your nails look glossy, neat, and don’t even chip!!!
But what happens when it comes to removing a gel nail polish? What if you want to remove the LED-cured lacquer right away, but cannot make it to the nail salon? The situation becomes a pain in the neck.
How to Remove Gel Nail Polish?
Whether you are wearing a gel nail polish from a nail spa or at your home, read the following steps to remove them to perfection:
Products You May Need:
A coarse nail file, pure acetone, cotton balls, aluminum foil, cuticle cream, or Vitamin E oil.
Step 1 – Protect your Skin
Before you start, layer cuticle cream or Vitamin E oil, or even petroleum jelly all over your fingers. It helps you shield your skin from acetone.
Step 2 – Buff your Nails
With the help of a nail buffer, try removing the top layer of your gel nail polish. Make sure to use a coarse nail buffer to do this step, for a regular one doesn’t come to your rescue. But beware, do not buff your nails too fast. Go slowly and protect the skin underneath your nails.
Step 3 – Dip Cotton Balls in Acetone
Take a cotton ball and soak it into 100 percent pure acetone solution. Ensure that you are not using diluted acetone because it doesn’t remove your gel manicure properly. Pure Acetone, on the other hand, quickly breaks down the gel nail polish, hence saving you a lot of time and effort.
Step 4 – Wrap Aluminium Foil
Once you are done soaking your nails in acetone, the next step involves wrapping aluminum foil around them. Do not secure all the nails together in a large piece of aluminum foil; wrap them individually instead. You can cut the foil into small squares and do the needful.
Step 5 – Wait
Keep your nails wrapped in the foil for 10-15 minutes. In the meantime, you can read a book, run quick errands, play with your phone, or simply Netflix and chill. After 15 minutes, unwrap all your fingers. Now, use a cotton ball to loosen the gel.
If your gel manicure is too stubborn to be removed, soak it directly into the acetone solution for the next five minutes.
Step 6 – Moisturize
Remove every bit of the gel nail polish from your nails and buff them again to smooth out their surface. This time, you can use a regular buffer. After all your nails are clean, dip them in Vitamin E oil. Wash your hands properly and apply a generous amount of cuticle cream around your nails.
Let your Nails Breathe
It is a good idea to take a break from your gel manicure routine and leave your nails unpainted for at least a week. It gives enough time to your nails to rehydrate and repair. Ideally, the gap between two gel manicure sessions should be two weeks. Allow this break while you take care of other parts of your body.
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