How to Remove Gel Polish at Home — without Ruining Your Nails!

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Gel nail polish has revolutionized the beauty world — but there is no denying that removing the old gel polish from your nails is no easy task.  Whether you soak your nails in acetone for what seems like an eternity, or you peel it off, taking off gel nail polish is most certainly a chore.

There is hope a last! Beauty experts have some secrets when it comes to removing gel polish at home that won’t completely destroy your nail beds and cuticles.  Keep reading to find out how to approach the process.

The Best Way to Remove Gel Nail Polish

Save yourself time and money by removing the old polish yourself at home.

Here’s what you will need:

  • Buffing File
  • High Strength Acetone
  • Cotton balls or cotton pads
  • Aluminium foil

To begin, buff the old gel polish to remove the shine then proceed to douse (and we mean douse) your cotton ball or pad in acetone. Be sure you use maximum strength nail polish remover, the higher acetone content of the remover the quicker it will remove the gel.  Avoid any nail polish remover’s labelled non-acetone.

Once you have your cotton ball, place it over your nail and cover with aluminium foil to hold it in place – repeat for all your fingers.  Now here is the hard part let it sit for at least 30 minutes to make sure the gel polish dissolves.  From here you should be able to peel off the paint without damaging your nails.  Once finished don’t forget to moisturize and let your nails breathe, especially if you’ve had back-to-back gel manicures.  A great product to use is Weleda’s Nail Care Pen which nourishe and promote healthy nails and cuticles.  With 91% organic ingredients, including chamomile extract, organic beeswax, nourishing shea butter and antioxidant-rich pomegranate seed oil.   For best results use in conjunction with the Weleda Cuticle Softener Pen.

How to Remove Gel Nail Polish With-out Acetone

Don’t have acetone?  There is another way that will take a little longer and a there is more effort involved.  Soak your nails in warm water with a few drops of dish soap and a teaspoon of salt.  Leave your hand submerged in the water for at least 30 minutes.  Then, gradually peel off the old gel coating as it loosens, yes it is a ‘piece by piece’ process.  We always recommended to moisturize the nail after.

Most beauty salons will remove the old gel polish for you, but most will charge for this and you have to allow extra time which may cut into your allocated time for you new polish..

Botanica Beauty Therapy uses ‘ibd’ the global leader in spa quality lacquers and 100% pure gel polishes. Whether it be a lacquer polish or a gel that will last 2 to 3 weeks chip-free – both will always give a lustrous shine and incredibly glossy appearance.  Check out our Hand and Feet Treatments 

Botanica Beauty Therapy is based on the North Shore in Albany contact us today phone 476-1906


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