In this article, we will discuss how you can get away from gel nail polish without visiting a salon, and a few tips and tricks about how to remove gel nail polish easily.[RB]
To remove gel nail polish, you’ll need the following items[RB]
Using 100% acetone polish remover is the quickest and most efficient technique to remove gel (this is different from regular nail polish remover which is 90 percent acetone and 10 percent water). However, you’ll require a few additional items. Gather a nail file, cotton balls, aluminum foil or plastic wrap, an orange stick, and a moisturizer (cuticle oil or thick hand cream). Because acetone may harm furniture and countertops, you should cover them with plastic wrap and/or a towel, Because acetone may harm furniture and countertops, it’s best to avoid it.
Protect and shine each nail[RB]
Beginning with a complete polishing with the file to remove the top shining coat of polish with any method. For protection, apply a sufficient quantity of oil to each layer and the surrounding skin (if you don’t have any, petroleum jelly will suffice). Next, choose your preferred method.
The process of nail-by-nail[RB]
Pull 10 nail-sized chunks of cotton pad and cut 10 strips of aluminum foil or plastic sheet to wrap entirely around each finger using this method. While aluminum foil would suffice, the American Academy of Dermatology suggests using plastic wrap because “plastic offers a tighter barrier than foil, reducing the risk of acetone dripping.”Cotton balls no larger than either nail edge (most nails require half a cotton ball, the thumb nail requires around a quarter of a ball) are also recommended by the AAD to avoid irritating the surrounding skin.[RB]
Soaking individual cotton balls in acetone next. For a tighter seal, apply one piece of cotton over each nail and top with thin pieces of aluminum foil or plastic wrap. After 10 minutes, take it out. Any residual polish should be flaking and readily removed with a warm washcloth or an orange stick.
Soaking with a “double boiler”[RB]
Instead, soak for 10 minutes in a basin of acetone over a bowl of hot or almost boiling water. It will save you the trouble of wrapping each nail individually, but it will make you immobile since you must maintain your hand poised like an eagle’s talon, with fingers curved and nails looking straight down.
This approach may require more remover, but it does ensure that more acetone comes into touch with your skin. Also, about halfway through, it can get a little hot and stinky. After 10 minutes, the tops of my fingers felt like they’d been coated with Krazy Glue, and the acetone wasn’t focused enough to work (my submersion skills apparently left something to be desired).
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The organic approach[RB]
We attempted a natural solution because acetone is harsh and may strip skin of its natural oils, leaving it dried and white. EverAfterGuide recommends soaking your nails in a bowl of warm water with a teaspoon of salt and a sprinkling of dish soap. Soak for 20 minutes, according to the instructions. We didn’t have 20 minutes; we only had 10, during which the nail paint scarcely moved. Would it have worked if we’d kept it in for the recommended amount of time? Perhaps, but we prefer the faster nail-by-nail acetone method.
A few gel base coats may remain after any procedure. “Adding some cuticle oil or cooking oil to the nails can soften the few residual gel base-coat patches so you can take them off easier,” says nail expert and salon owner Henry Pham of NailsFAQ. Remember to hydrate your nails after they’ve gone through so much.