How to Remove Gel Nail Polish at Home

Hard as Nails

Hard as Nails

Precisely what's not to love about gel nail polish – is how to get it off. If you're one of those people who's ever tried picking it off you'll know that moment when you start to wonder: is it too dramatic to call emergency services and ask for the fire brigade?

And would they be able to bring some cuticle oil and a nail file…?

Yes ladies, you know who you are. But, for anyone who just doesn't have the time or inclination to get back to the salon, I have some good news. There is a way to remove gel nails and it doesn't involve a blow torch or bathing in acid. Or calling Triple Zero.

Let's hope that truck is full of acetone

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What is Gel Nail Polish?

First of all, gel nail polish is not the same as acrylic nails. One is a polish and one is a false nail. So if it's just regular nail polish why is it (almost) harder to remove than a tattoo?

Jocelyn Petroni, a Sydney-based skin and nail expert explains; "Gel Polishes are similar to regular nail polishes in that the polish is applied to the nail and then dried, however gel polish dries instantly once it is set under a UV light, which causes the gel to harden."

Home brands like Essie Gel don't require a UV light to cement the colour but they still last longer than regular nail polish. 

When you get it done at the salon, "Gel polish will outwear natural polish and last more than twice as long," says Jocelyn. "It dries instantly under UV light, which means no bumping or smudging nails before they're dry, and makes it perfect for putting trainers on straight after a pedicure."

She adds that gel polish needs to be applied in a special way to avoid nail damage.

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