Glossy and so very glamorous, gel nails are a worthwhile treat at the time of application. But, fast-forward three weeks when your nails have grown out and you are desperately waiting for payday, you’ll need another way to remove the polish.
Learn how to remove gel nails from the comfort of your home by following these simple steps.
What Do I Need to Remove My Gel Nails?
Step 1: File Your Nails
Top tip: To keep the skin around the nails protected during the gel removal process, carefully apply petroleum jelly to the targeted areas – this will stop the skin from drying out.
Step 2: Soak Nails in Acetone
Fill a bowl with half a cup of acetone. Soak cotton balls in the acetone and place gently over each nail so that the entire surface area of the nail is covered in the acetone. If you’re doing this process solo, focus on one hand before moving onto the other hand for ease.
Step 3: Wrap Your Nails in Foil
Wrap each finger in a segmented square of foil, keeping the ball of acetone wrapped underneath. This will add a little pressure and lock in heat to help the acetone work its magic.
Step 4: Leave to Soak
Keep nails soaked for up to 30 minutes for the best results (but always check the label on the acetone for recommended timings). Then, pop on Netflix and relax…
Step 5: Remove Foil & Repeat
Remove the foil from each finger – it will pull easily if the gel polish has completely lifted. For any leftover patches, simply wrap and repeat until you are happy with the results.
Repeat steps 1-4 on the other hand.
Top tip: Apply a coat of hard-working nail strengthener after removing the gel polish, as you may notice that your nails are a little weak following gel polish wear.