Gel nail polish has revolutionised the manicure industry. No longer do you have to wait for your polish to dry before leaving the nail salon; and you can now say goodbye to chips a few days into a glossy manicure.
And while the correct thing to do at the end of your two-week gel manicure would be to go to the salon to remove it, that’s not always feasible. But do you know what you shouldn’t do to clean your nails? Pick at them.
Knowing how to get gel nail polish off correctly is crucial because the thing is, to get those incredibly long-lasting results that you love from your gel manicure, that nail colour has to be stuck on real good, which means removing them incorrectly can wreak havoc on your natural nails underneath.
“When you pick off your gel polish, you are removing layers of your natural nail, which sets the stage for weakened nails,” says CND Education Ambassador Skye McIntyre. And weak nails are more likely to break or split.
If you’ve ever wondered how to remove gel nail polish the right way (minus the nail damage), we’ve got you covered. Here, McIntyre shares exactly how to remove gel nail polish at home.
Before you break out the gel polish remover, grab a nail file like OPI Crystal File (or a buffer block) and gently and slowly buff the surface of your manicure, removing the top layer of gel nail polish. This will make it easier to remove.
Next, McIntyre says to saturate a cotton pad with CND OFFLY FAST™ Replenishing Remover, and place the pad lengthwise directly on your nail. Then, wrap some foil tightly around the cotton pad, squeezing to secure it. The foil should be snug on your finger. Repeat on all fingers and leave for eight minutes. The remover has been formulated to work on a CND Shellac manicure, so if you’ve used a different brand, you may need to leave it to soak for a bit longer.
Next, using a twisting motion and pull the foil wrap from your nails, loosening the polish, which will begin to have a raised or flaky appearance. Once the foil is off, gently slide off any gel polish remains with a manicure stick.
Now you know everything about how to remove gel nails, check out how to remove your acrylic manicure at home and how Kim Kardashian brought back the French manicure.
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