Gel nail polish has been quite a trend in recent times. The fact that it gives your nails a long-lasting, shiny finish, and is available in so many colors has made it a go-to option for many women. The polish, when applied, is cured under a UV light and can last up to 2-3 weeks. However, removing gel nail polish can be a challenge. The process requires soaking your nails in acetone for a considerable amount of time. In this article, we’ll take you through the steps on how to remove gel nails.

Gather the tools you’ll need

The first step to removing gel nails is to gather the necessary tools and equipment. These tools include:

  • Acetone nail polish remover
  • Nail clippers
  • Cotton balls or pads
  • Aluminum foil
  • A nail file or buffer
  • Moisturizer or cuticle oil

You can find acetone nail polish remover at drugstores or beauty supply stores. Make sure that the nail polish remover you get has acetone as it is the most effective solvent to dissolve the gel polish.

Trim and file your nails

Before you start soaking your nails in acetone, clip your nails with nail clippers to reduce their length and make them easier to work with. Use a nail file or buffer to remove the shiny topcoat layer of your gel polish. Do not overdo it and avoid filing down to the natural nail. This removes the barrier that protects the natural nail from the acetone.

Soak the cotton pads in acetone

Take small pieces of cotton and soak them in acetone. Make sure that the cotton is large enough to cover the entire nail.

Wrap your nails in aluminum foil

Place the acetone-soaked cotton pad onto your nail and wrap aluminum foil around it to secure it in place. Make sure that the shiny side of the foil is facing the cotton pad. Repeat the process on all the fingers.

Wait for 15 to 20 minutes

Allow your nails to sit in the acetone for about 15 – 20 minutes. The wait time varies, depending on the type of gel polish you have on your nails. Check the gel polish often to see if it has lifted off.

Remove the foil and cotton pads

After 15-20 minutes, unwrap the foil from your finger and use a cotton pad to gently wipe off the remaining polish. The gel nail polish should come off easily. If it’s still hard to remove, repeat the process for another ten minutes or so.

Rinse and moisturize your nails

Once you’ve removed all the gel polish, rinse your nails in water to remove any remaining residue. Dry your nails and apply moisturizer or cuticle oil. The acetone can dry out your nails, so it’s essential to keep them moisturized.

Repeat again in a few days

If the polish doesn’t come off the first time around, don’t worry. You can repeat the process again in a few days. You can do this once a week to help your nails recover from the process.

Removing gel nails at home can be a tedious process, but with the right tools, techniques, and patience, it can be done effectively without causing damage to your nails. By following these simple steps, you can get rid of your gel polish without having to visit a salon.

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