Gel polish remover is a specialized product used to safely and effectively remove gel nail polish from the nails. It is typically stronger than traditional nail polish remover, as it is designed to break down and dissolve the hardened gel polish.
Gel polish remover usually contains acetone, which is a strong and effective solvent that can break down the bonds between the gel polish and the natural nail. There are also non-acetone options available, which use less harsh solvents that are less likely to dry out the skin or cause irritation.
To use gel polish remover, you typically need to saturate a cotton pad or nail wrap with the product, place it on top of the nail, and wrap it with aluminum foil or a nail wrap. This allows the product to penetrate and dissolve the gel polish without evaporating or drying out.
After a few minutes, the gel polish should be soft and peeling away from the nail. You can then use a cuticle pusher or a wooden stick to gently scrape away the remaining polish. It may take a few rounds of soaking and scraping to completely remove the gel polish, depending on the brand and the thickness of the layers.
It’s important to use gel polish remover as directed, and to avoid getting it on the skin or cuticles as it can cause drying and irritation. It’s also important to follow up with a moisturizer or cuticle oil after removing gel polish, as the process can be drying to the nails and surrounding skin.