Removing Gel Nail Polish at Home

Gel polish…I have such a love/hate relationship with it. I love that once it’s done, it’s done. No waiting for it to dry, no smudging. Just a lovely, glossy finish + you can go on with your day like normal. However, after a couple weeks your nails have grown in, there is some peeling + things aren’t looking so fresh. Resisting the urge to peel is easy when you know that the result would be peeling off layers of your nail (gross, I know). The last 2 times I have gotten gel nails, I removed them in a way that absolutely wrecked my nails. I had planned on going back to the nail salon to remove the polish this time but felt confident after reading a post on Lauren Conrad’s website that told me to apply acetone soaked cotton pads + tin foil to my fingers, wait 10 minutes + remove for spotless nails.

You’ll need cotton pads, Acetone + Aluminum Foil
How my nails looked after 2 weeks of Gel Polish
Alien Fingers

My experience was not that simple. I left the acetone on my nails for 20 minutes on each hand and there was still a considerable amount of polish left on my nails, particularly on the tips. This meant having to scrape my nails with an orange stick to remove what was left over but there are still some bits clinging to my nails.

Looking back I don’t think I would remove gel polish at home again. It took close to an hour, start to finish, and it would be worth having someone else do it just for the sake of saving time. However, I don’t know if gel nails are in my future! I love how it looks and how it lasts, but it is pricey + quite a pain to remove. What are your thoughts?

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