How to Remove Gel Polish

Some of us may love the look of gel polish but cannot for the life of us figure out how to remove gel polish without peeling or scraping it away, making it a somewhat long, messy and sometimes painful process. Removing gel polish shouldn’t be painful or even that messy, it’s fairly straight forward and easy! If you love gel polish but aren’t too sure on how to remove it without damaging the natural nail, don’t worry we’ve got you covered. Here’s a step by step tutorial on removing your gel nails at home, with minimal to no damage to your natural nail. We’ve also listed all the products you’ll need to make the process painless and as easy to remove gel polish as easy as it is to apply!

First step is to gently file off a thin layer of the gel polish (to make the removal process easier). It would also be best to cut or file your nails down to the length you desire at this step too! We recommend a new, fresh nail file, here’s a few you guys have shown much love to on our site and for good reason!

If your skin is quite sensitive or damaged around the nail, our top tip is to apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly around the nail onto the skin to help prevent your skin from drying out and causing further damage.

For the second step (the most time consuming step of the process, but still fairly easy to do), you’ll need to soak a cotton ball or lint free wipe in acetone and place it on each nail. Wrap each finger with the soaked cotton wool or lint wipe with foil. Now simply wait for ten to fifteen minutes and allow the acetone to work its magic and remove the gel layers. If your polish doesn’t easily slide off, allow it to soak for longer and then try it again to prevent damaging the natural nail. It may take up to 30 minutes in some cases, but just keep an eye on your nails and keep checking them. We recommend putting on your fave show or movie, sitting back and relaxing during this process!

After soaking the nails in acetone, we’d suggest using a gel or cuticle pusher to remove the bits of gel off your nails. Remember if it doesn’t easily lift off your natural nail, allow it to soak for longer and attempt the process again.

Once the gel has completely been removed, follow up with a little bit of moisture for your nails using an oil like these products below. If your nails feel quite thin or weak after this process, apply a thin coat of nail strengthener to provide your nails with that much needed support.

And there you have it! 3 easy and simple steps to remove your gel polish at home with no mess or fuss. We’ve also mentioned a few of our fave products off of our site to help make the process much easier. If it doesn’t sound like its for you, there’s a whole range of products or gel removing kits to choose from on our site, check it out now!

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