It’s totally wrong to remove your nail polish by peeling it off, as you may ruin your nail! We want to show you in the article today how to remove shellac or gel nail polish between salon visits, without damaging your nails.
With all the at-home gel nail kits available on the market, it’s easy to do your manicure at home. But removing gel nail polish isn’t as easy as swiping your nails with a bit of polish remover. You should be aware that, if this is not properly done, you can cause some long-lasting nail damage. Here is what you should do instead:
What You Need?
- Aluminum foil
- Acetone (found at drugstores and beauty supply stores)
- Cotton balls
- High-grit buffer (such as a white block buffer)
- Nail file
What You Have To Do?
- First, you should gently buffing or filing the top coat of your nails to break the seal of the gel polish. But pay attentions as filing too deep will rough up the nailbed.
- Then, soak a cotton ball in acetone and place on the fingernail. Make sure the strands are thick enough that you won’t completely soak the nail in acetone.
- Cut your aluminum foil into squares large enough to wrap around each nail. Wrap a foil square around each nail to hold the cotton ball in place, and let your nails sit for 15 minutes. The foil will work to trap in your body heat, helping along the process of the acetone.
- As you remove the cotton balls and foil, the gel polish should flake off fairly easily. If you notice that the product is difficult to remove, take a little more time using the cotton ball and acetone method again and it will work.
- Remove the remaining gel polish or the clear underlayer using the high-grit buffer. Then hydrate your nails in abundance with a good quality cuticle oil a few times daily.