How to Remove Gel Nail Polish at Home – 3 Easy Methods!

Little Fun Fact! Did you know that some people are prone to nail chipping because they have more oil in their nail beds? If you are one of these people who always wanted that beautiful manicure that last weeks then Gel Nail Polish is your best solution! Gel manicures are all the rage these days. Bluesky & Scorch Gel Polish offers chip-free, long-lasting manicures that will stay put for weeks at a time!

So now you got the gel manicure- that’s great! But when the time comes and for some reason you want it gone- and you don’t want to visit the salon again just to remove it. Don’t worry! Just follow the simple step-by-step instructions below.

3 Ways You Can Remove Gel Polish at Home

METHOD 1: The Cotton-Foil Trick

What you will need:

  • Cotton balls
  • 100% Pure Acetone
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Coarse Nail File
  • Orange Stick
Materials You Will Need for the Cotton-Foil Method

Step 1. Fill a small bowl with Acetone. Acetone is a powerful solvent and is used to soften and dissolve gel nail polish. General store-bought nail polish removers that contain acetone may be used, but acetone-free nail polish remover will not work for gel nail polish.

–  Pour a good amount of acetone in a bowl. Place the bowl with acetone in a larger bowl with warm water, this will help to warms up the acetone. Let it sit for 5 minutes. DO NOT PLACE ACETONE NEAR DIRECT HEAT as Acetone is flammable.

Step 1-Fill a small bowl with Acetone
Step 2 Prepare your nails.

Step 2. Prepare your nails. When you have gel nail polished nails especially done from a salon, a top coat are applied to your nails to finish the gel manicure. The Top coat acts as a protective barrier that makes your gel nail polish last longer and have a high-gloss shine. Top coats are usually completely clear so you can see the gel polish colours underneath.
-Use a nail file to scuff the surface of each nail. This will allow the acetone to penetrate below the finishing coat.

Step 3. Wrap your nails with acetone.
-Soak a cotton ball in the acetone. Make sure it is completely saturated.
-Place the soaked cotton ball on your nail, make sure it covers all of the nail area.
-Using the aluminum foil, cover the cotton ball so it will stay in place.
-Repeat with your remaining nails. Let your nails soak in acetone for 10-15 minutes

Step 3 Wrap your nails with acetone.
Step 4 Remove the foil and cotton ball.

Step 4. Remove the foil and cotton ball.
-Remove the foil from one finger. Slide the foil off of the tip of your finger one at a time and gently push the softened gel polish off the nail.
-If the gel polish is still firmly in place, you may need to repeat the process for another 10 minutes. Make sure to use another cotton ball soaked with acetone.

Step 5. Remove gel nail polish. Some bits of the gel polish may still adhere to your nails. This can happen if you did not file away enough of the top coat to fully expose the colour layers underneath. If the gel polish is not coming off, you may need to file some more and repeat the process. You NEVER file down as far as the natural nail, so the nail itself is not damaged.
– Repeat with each of your nails with each nail one at a time. Remember you must remove the gel polish as soon as you take the nail out of the acetone as it will start to set again.

Step 5 Remove gel nail polish.
Helpful Tips for the Cotton Foil Method
  • If you want to minimize use of the cotton balls and pads you can pull them apart a little into smaller pieces just big enough to cover each nailt.
  • You can apply Vaseline/petroleum jelly around the skin of your nails before soaking your nail beds. This will protect your nails as acetone can dry out and damage them.
  • Foil is used keep the acetone in  place and also to trap the body heat- making the gel polish to remove faster. Do not use other wraps like plastics as the acetone may melt it.
  • Make sure the foils are in enough size, if they are too small, they won’t be able to hold the cotton balls.
  • Make sure to only file the top of the nail. Don’t file too deep as it may damage your nail bed.
  • Moisturize! Moisturize! And Moisturize! The acetone and buffing will dry the skin around the nails.
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Method 2: Using Gel Polish Remover Wraps

Materials you will need for the Gel Wraps Method

What you will need:

Step 1. Prepare your nails.  
-Make sure to file your nails prior using the remover wraps. This will allow the acetone to penetrate below the finishing coat, making it easier to remove.

Step 1- Prep your nail by filing
Step 2- Proper way to use Removal Wraps

Step 2. Use the Gel Polish Remover Wraps.
-Open one wrap and gently insert your nail.
Remove outer tape per instruction of the packaging as there will be a built-in adhesive tabs. Fold the wraps over finger covering the entire nail, ensuring a tight, snug fit.
-Repeat with your remaining nails. Leave it for 15 minutes.

Step 3. Removing the Wraps.
-Using a twisting motion, pull the Gel Polish Remover Wraps from the nail, one at a time to remove the softened gel.
-Repeat with each of your nails.

Step 3 Push off the Soften Gel Polsih
Step 4 Takig care off the Nails

Step 4. After-care. You can use moisturiser and Cuticle Oil after you have removed the gel polish to nourish and moisturise your nail cuticles and natural nails.

Helpful Tips for the Gel Removal Wraps
  • Make sure to file the top layer of the gel polish on the nail only. You do not need to go below the colour layers.This will prevent damage to your natural nails.
  • Protect the skin around your nails with petroleum jelly during thg the removal prodcess, as acetone may dry out your skin and cause damage. If you don’t have plain petroleum jelly, use a lotion or balm that lists it as an ingredient.
  • Try not to scrape any remaining product off the nail. If the gel polish remain hard to remove, use another remover wraps and repeat the process
  • Moisturise & use cuticle oil to keep your nails in tip-top condition.
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Method 3:  Scorch Remover Gel

Scorch Remover Gel is the latest in Nail technology that let’s you remove any gel nail polishes in kinder way to your hands and nails, giving a less drying and harsh experience for your skin.

What you will need:

Step 1. Buff the nails with a course grit file to break through the top coat and expose the colour layers beneath this will make the removal process easier and save more time.

Step 2.   Apply a layer of Scorch Remover Gel to each nail and wait 5 minutes.  The Gel will begin to lift and bubble.  Gently remover with the use of an orange stick.

All done with no damage to the nail

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