The best way to remove gel nail polish is as follows:
- Gather your supplies. You will need pure acetone, cotton balls or pads, aluminum foil, a nail file or buffer, and a cuticle pusher or orangewood stick.
- File the top layer of the gel polish to break the shiny seal. This will help the acetone penetrate the polish better.
- Soak a cotton ball or pad in pure acetone until it is fully saturated.
- Place the soaked cotton ball directly on top of your nail.
- Wrap your nail with a small square of aluminum foil to secure the cotton ball in place. Repeat this process for each nail.
- Leave the cotton balls and foil wraps on your nails for about 10-15 minutes to allow the acetone to dissolve the gel polish.
- After the designated time, remove the foil wraps from your nails one at a time.
- Gently press down on the cotton ball while pulling it off to wipe away the softened gel polish. You can use a cuticle pusher or orangewood stick to help gently remove any remaining polish.
- If there are still bits of polish left, repeat the process or use a buffer to gently buff off the remaining gel polish.
- Once all the gel polish has been removed, wash your hands thoroughly and apply cuticle oil or hand cream to moisturize your nails and cuticles.
Note: It's important to keep in mind that gel polish removal can be damaging to your nails if done too frequently or aggressively. It is recommended to allow a professional nail technician to remove gel polish if you are not confident in doing it yourself.