- Choose your nail polish remover carefully. There are basically two types of formulations for nail polish removers – acetone-based polish removers and non-acetone based ones. Generally, acetone-based nail varnish remover works better and faster but they can do more harm to your nails. They usually dehydrate your cuticles. Opt to use such for hard to remove polish only such as bright and neon nail polish and glitter nail lacquers. For the usual nail polish, go for the non-acetone based nail polish removers. They have hydrating oils that neutralizes the effect of the acetone. Acetone-free nail polish removers are less drying but they take time to remove the polish.
- Use cotton balls instead of tissues or cotton pads. Polish clings best to cotton balls because of its texture.
- Remember to rub your nails gently and in a circular motion. The cotton ball, although soft, is soaked in a chemical so you have to be careful in rubbing it onto your nails.
- Instead of rubbing your nails, another great option is to press the soaked cotton firmly onto the nail and hold it for 30 seconds. Move the cotton slowly while maintaining pressure and wipe down the nails to the tip.
- Perhaps the most advisable way to remove nail polish is to use a cotton and an orangewood stick. Just place the cotton on the orange stick and soak it with nail polish remover. Removing finger nail polish through this manner gives you more control.
- If there are some polish left around the cuticle, use a cotton swab dipped in the nail polish remover. But make sure you maintain contact with the nail and not the skin.
Take your time in removing your old nail polish. it is important that you pay attention to what you are doing or you may end up with extremely dry and damaged nails. Here are some more tips that you shouldn’t ignore.
- If your nail polish is too creamy, considering using specialized thinners than traditional nail polish removers as the latter can dry out your nails. These nail thinners are available in most beauty stores.
- Do not forget to wash your hands after removing your manicure. Clean your hands with soap and water to get rid of chemical and polish residue.
- Never skip applying hand and nail lotion. The moisturizing component of such lotions combats nail dryness and prevents your nails from getting brittle and fragile.
- Do not overexpose your nails to such chemicals – both nail polish and nail polish remover. Take some time off and wear your nails bare. Let them rest and breathe at least a day or two before you paint them again.
Observe these guidelines on how to properly remove finger nail polish and you are sure to maintain clean and healthy nails.