How To Remove Gel Nails At Home (THE SAFE METHOD)

The Vast advantages of adorning gel nails, such as their shinny and gloss appearance which makes your nails look gorgeous, coupled with their easy of application even at home thanks to the readily available at-home gel nail kits, have made gel nails a go to option for many modern women.But unlike the normal nail polish, removing gel nails is not as easy as just applying nail polish remover and hope for the best, because if not properly done you stand a risk how to remove gel nailsof causing long-lasting nail damage. Here, we have tested many methods of how to remove gel nails without ruining your nail beds and we present to you the best easy and SAFE method to remove gel nails at home. There are two other method to remove gel nails which you can read about in our other article titled: Risky and Damaging Methods To Remove Gel Nails At Home.

How to Remove gel nails Manicure You Did at Home (Safe method)

Method: Soaking

What you will need to accomplish this task at the comfort of your home.

  • A piece of paper.
  • Pure acetone (Concentrated acetone).
  • Cotton balls, more than 5 of them.
  • 10 pieces of aluminum foil (You may need to tire them into 3?x 3? squares).
  • A wood or metal orange stick.
  • Nail file. Read my best electric nail file drill machine review
  • High-grit buffer (such as a white block buffer).
  • Skin moisturizer
  • Bowls ( Small glass bowl and a larger one)
  • Warm water


1. Start by preparing your nails.

You will do this by gently buffing or filing the top coat of your nails. This helps to break the seal of the gel coat polish. However, take care not to fill too deep (file only the nail top), just enough for the acetone to seep in.Deep filing will rough the nail bed. Use a coarse nail file for this step.

2. Prepare the acetone:

Acetone is chemical that seeps into the gel coat,loosen its adhesive and free it from your natural nail.It can be obtained from drugstores and beauty supply stores.It is flammable, has some strong fumes and can react with plastic. To some people, it can be irritating to the skin. But it is the corner-stone of this whole method, and if done correctly, the only safe method of removing gel nails compared to the other two discussed here.

Pour warn water in the larger plastic bowl

Pour the acetone in the small glass bowl and cover it with a plastic wrap or foil and then hold it the cover in place using a rubber band.
Place the bowl containing acetone into the warm water bowl and let it stand for 3 or more minutes, while taking care not to over heat the acetone (because it is flammable). Do not put the acetone near any heat.
This warming increases the action of the acetone and thus speeds up the gel removal process.
When the acetone is sufficiently warm, remove the bowl and warm water.

3. Apply petroleum jelly on the skin around your nails.

This will help to protect that skin from the drying effect of acetone. Try to make sure that you do not apply too much of the jelly and that it does not cover the nail because it will hinder the penetration of acetone into the gel polish.

4. Soak the nails in acetone.

If your skin is not sensitive to acetone, you can just dip the nails straight into the acetone in the bowl. But do not leave them in there for more than 20 minutes.However, if your skin is sensitive (gets irritation from acetone), then you need minimize this effect. In that case, you will need to use cotton balls and an aluminum foil.

Get the cotton balls and tear them in half so you have 10 pieces total. Soak the balls in acetone and lay them on the nails, completely covering the nails. Make sure the balls are thick enough.Cut the aluminum foil into squares large enough to wrap around each nail (I cut mine into 3?x 3? squares). Wrap the foils around each nail to hold the cotton ball in place, and let them soak (your nails) for 15 minutes.

5. Scrape:

Remove the aluminum foil and cotton ball from the nails. You can first test with one finger to see if the gel comes off or not. If it does, then you can do this for the other nails. Basically, if the soaking time was sufficient, the gel should peel off with the cotton ball. If the gel is bit resistant, you may aid its coming off by peeling/scraping it abit. You can scrape the gel nail off with your orange stick.

If it does not come off easily, it means the soaking time was not enough. You may need to soak the cotton ball again in acetone and wrap them around the nails for more time. That is why it is advised that when you pull the foil off, don’t unwrap it, just pull it straight off the tip of your finger so it stays “cupped” just in case you need to slide your nails back in.

6. Finish:

When all the gel nails have been removed, Buff them with a buffing tool to remove rough edges, dust them, wash your hands thoroughly to hydrate them and apply a good quality cuticle oil or any other cosmetic moisturizer a few times daily to hydrate them. You can then paint your nails as usual. Those are the six steps to this method on how to remove gel nails.

Videos of How to Remove gel nails.

1. How to Remove Gel Nails at Home.

2. How to remove soak-off gel —Gelish, Shellac or Gelcolor by OPI

3. How to remove Gel Polish using an Alternative to Foil!

That is it, you now know how to remove gel nails polish safely. Go and save that money you would have otherwise taken to  nail salon.

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