Learn how to properly remove gel polish at home

Gel polish has transformed the nail industry. Traditional polish tends to chip quickly, making frequent touchups a necessity. In contrast, today's gel polish looks fresh for weeks. Although the increased wear time is convenient, the polish can be difficult to remove safely at home without expert guidance.
The following video offers great advice and tips for protecting your nails during the process. Acetone, the active ingredient in nail polish remover, can be very harsh on surrounding skin, so apply the cuticle oil as recommended before attempting to remove your gel polish.
- Coarse nail file
- Cuticle oil
- 100% acetone
- Cotton balls
- Aluminum foil
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1. To make the polish porous enough for the acetone to penetrate, file the tops of the nails with the nail file to remove the shiny surface. Tip: File until you can almost see through the polish.
2. Protect the cuticles from the acetone with a liberal coat of cuticle oil all around the nails.
3. Soak a cotton ball in acetone and place it on the nail, then wrap the tip of the finger with the aluminum foil. Repeat on each finger.
4. Wait 10-15 minutes for the acetone to soften the gel polish, then remove the foil to see if the polish is crumbling or peeling. If it is, proceed to the next step. If not, rewrap the foil and check again after a few minutes.
5. Remove the foil and cotton balls. Use the nail file to lightly buff away the peeling polish. Tip: Don't file too aggressively, or you'll damage the nail bed.
6. Wash and dry your hands to remove excess nail dust, then apply cuticle oil once more to restore the cuticle's moisture.
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