We have a lot to worry about with the coronavirus pandemic swiftly exposing itself across the country, so we hope everyone is staying safe and sound at home. As we learn how to navigate this difficult time we have decided to create a mini-series that will help you take care of yourself in the comforts of your own home, while also adding a bright spot to your days ahead with a little splash of color.
First up, let's answer the question that has been popping up in your minds and is starting to circulate the internet: "How do I remove my old gel manicure at home?" With salons having to temporarily close down, we have created a step-by-step guide. Below, we have detailed how you can safely remove your gel polish to ensure you don't cause any damage to your nails.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
- Gel Polish Removing Foils
- A nail file
- Reusable Orange Wood Stick
- Cuticle Oil
Note: If you do not have everything on hand not a problem We have created DIY Removal Kits to send your way.
Use a nail file to break the seal on each nail. Remember to pay attention to the nail's free edge and side walls. IMPORTANT: The key is to remove as much shine as you can, but do not file down to your natural nail bed. Remember, light pressure is the best way to go!
Our Gel Removal Kits includes everything you're going to need in one place. It includes the foil, cotton, and acetone. If you have not purchased one of our kits you're going to need to fully saturate a cotton ball with acetone (not nail polish remover), place it directly on top of your buffed nail ensuring the entire nail bed is covered. Then wrap the tips of your finger with the cotton ball with with a piece of foil square. We suggest doing one hand at at time. It's easier and it will help ensure the foil is in place and creating a tight insulation; which will help in the removal of your gel polish. Allow to soak for at least 15-20 minutes. It may seem tempting, but don't peak. Let the remover do its thing and allow for enough time to break down the gel.
After approximately 15 to 20 minutes, start by gently pressing and twisting the foil and cotton off one nail at a time. Take a cuticle stick and gently push the remaining gel residue off of each nail. Remember to work from the cuticle area towards the free edge.
For any nails with remaining gel residue after removing with the cuticle stick, take your file and gently buff the residue off until you have a clean nail surface. Once all residue is fully removed, lightly cleanse the nail surface with a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol. Immediately afterwards apply cuticle oil to each nail and seal by rubbing lotion or hand cream into your hands and fingertips. This will keep you protected and moisturized.