How to Remove Gel Nail Polish at Home

Gather Your Supplies: You will need acetone, cotton balls or pads, aluminum foil, a nail file or buffer, and cuticle oil or moisturizer.

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File the Top Layer: Use a nail file or buffer to gently file the shiny top layer of the gel polish. This will help the acetone penetrate the polish more effectively.

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Soak the Cotton: Soak a cotton ball or pad in acetone until it is saturated but not dripping

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Wrap Your Nails: Place the soaked cotton ball or pad on top of your nail and wrap it tightly with a small piece of aluminum foil. Repeat this for all your nails.

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Wait: Let the acetone-soaked cotton balls or pads sit on your nails for about 10-15 minutes to allow the gel polish to loosen.

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Remove the Foil: After the soaking time, gently remove the foil wraps from your nails. The gel polish should appear softened or lifted.

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Gently Remove Gel Polish: Use a cuticle pusher or orangewood stick to gently scrape off the softened gel polish. Be careful not to damage your nails or cuticles.

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Moisturize: Once all the gel polish is removed, wash your hands with soap and water to remove any remaining acetone. Apply cuticle oil or moisturizer to nourish your nails and surrounding skin.

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Finish with Nail Care: After removing the gel polish, you may want to file and shape your nails and apply a strengthening nail treatment to protect them.

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