Nail care 101

Woman doing her nails
Woman doing her nails

Your natural nails grow out regardless of how long your acrylics last, and you’ll start to see growth at your cuticle beds after two weeks. Unless you’re getting your acrylics filled in or you’re fine living with some grow out, this means that you should expect to remove your acrylics within about three weeks. By following these three tips, you can safely remove gel nail polish from the comfort of your own home.

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Acetone and warm water

1. Cut your nails with a clipper.

2. Add acetone to one bowl, and warm water to another.

3. Place the acetone bowl inside the one containing warm water. This will make it warm.

4. Apply Petroleum Jelly on your cuticles to avoid the harmful effects of acetone on your skin.

5. Dip your nails in acetone for 45 minutes.

6. Your nails should be softer. You can now buff off the rest of the smaller pieces with your nail buffer.

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Nail polish remover

This method may take more time than using acetone, but it protects your skin and nails from its effect:

1. Cut your acrylic nails with a clipper.

2. Put nail polish remover in a bowl.

  • Put your nails in for 50 minutes.
  • Remove them with tweezers.

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Warm water

1. Cut your nails with a clipper.

2. Pour warm water into a bowl.

3. Soak your nails for 1 hour. You may need to add warm water into the bowl during this hour.

4. Once the glue has dissolved, you can buff them away.

After removing acrylic or gel nails, you have to take care of your natural nails. With these natural oils, you will regain their amazing and healthy appearance as well as that of your cuticles. Here are a few tips:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly.
  • Mix 3 drops of tea tree oil with coconut oil, then massage your cuticles and natural nails.
  • Lavender oil can also help to moisturise and soothe your nails. Mix it with almond oil to fight infections, too.
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