How To Remove Gel Nail Polish At Home

Bored of your nails even though it’s only been a week since you last got them done? Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered with this step by step process on how to remove gel nail polish at home, without damaging the natural nail. Gel nail polish removal is an easy and completely doable process to do from home, without any fear of pain or mess.

Things you will need to remove gel nails at home:

  1. Nail file
  2. Acetone
  3. Lint Free Wipes or Remover Wraps
  4. Cuticle Pusher
  5. Nail Treatments
  6. Cuticle Oil

1. File off the surface shine

Choosing the right grit nail file is a very important step for an easy gel soak-off process. We don’t want to file off too much and damage the natural nail, but we don’t want to file too little and wait FOREVER for the nails to come off either. We recommend using a 100/180 grit nail file, great for removing the shine and breaking off the topcoat without being damaging. Simply drag the file on the surface of the nail in a back and forth motion until all the shine has been removed.

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2. Protect the skin and cuticle area

Now, everyone’s least favourite step: applying the acetone. Make sure the product you are using to remove gel nail polish is 100% pure acetone, otherwise the soak off process will only take longer. To protect the surrounding cuticle area, we recommend you use a moisturising cuticle oil. The Cuccio Milk & Honey Cuticle Oil is a worldwide favourite, bestseller and just the right thing to use to moisturise, protect and rejuvenate the skin. The CND Solar Oil is another great one to use and a nail technician’s favourite. This award-winning cuticle oil uses natural jojoba oil and Vitamin E to penetrate deep into the skin and moisturise it from within.

3. Soak the gel nail polish in acetone

Anyway, enough about cuticle oils. To remove the gel, apply your chosen acetone remover to a cotton pad, a lint-free wipe or a soak-off remover wrap, applying it on the nail. If you are using a cotton pad or lint-free wipe, you will need to wrap the finger in tin foil, to help keep in the moisture and heat, making the entire process faster. Manicure bowls are also a great way of removing gel nail polish. To do this, simply submerge your nails in a little bit of acetone using the acetone proof bowl and wait for a few minutes while the gel polish is soaked off the natural nails.

4. Wait 10-20 minutes

Now is time to wait, 10-20 minutes is sufficient time for the gel to be soaked off and removed easily. In the meantime, instead of counting the seconds, watch your favourite show, contemplate what your next manicure should be, change your mind, stalk someone on Instagram or do anything that makes you happy. All this while being mindful you have tinfoil on the tips of your fingers because Your Nails Come First, of course 😉

5. Use a cuticle pusher to remove the gel nail polish

When the waiting is over, use a trusty cuticle pusher to remove the gel polish. At this point, the gel should just slide off the surface of the nail. If it doesn’t, I’ve got bad news for you: you’ll have to wait a little longer.

6. Restore hydration back into the nail

Removing gel nail polish can strip the natural nail of its hydration, therefore, it is important to replenish and rejuvenate the nail. To restore the hydration and strength back into the nail, we recommend using the Le Mini Macaron Rescue Moi After Gel Nail Recovery. It uses Vitamins B5 to moisturise and rejuvenate the nails, preparing them for your next salon appointment. If you want to find other nail and skin treatments to help you bring back the health into your natural nails, find our range of treatments at Nail Polish Direct.

Although removing gel nail polish using acetone is a safe way of removing gel nails, there is no shame in having some concerns about skin irritation and the small chance it might ruin your nails. To remove gel nail varnish without acetone is also a simple and quick process. Soaking your nails in warm, soapy water with a little bit of salt should help remove the gel lacquer effectively. Choose your favourite scented soap from the Jessica Body Treats range and wait for 20 minutes while your false nails are getting soaked off.

To get better insight on how to remove gel nails at home, watch out simple tutorial on Youtube!

Now your old gel nail polish is soaked off, it’s time to create a new manicure. Shop our range of gel polish at Nail Polish Direct and create the perfect, salon-quality manicure you can be proud of showing off.

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