Gentle Nail Polish Removers -- Nail Advice -- iVillage Beauty Hair & Nail Salon

I try to buy nail polish removers that are gentle, but I have to use a lot of it to remove polish. What’s the difference?

Acetone is by far the best solvent for fingernail polish. Just dab it on the cotton and it will wipe the polish off right away. But it’s drying to the cuticles. Companies then introduced acetone-free removers, which are better for your skin, but take forever to remove polish. For the fastest removal, use acetone -- but use it carefully. Wrap cotton on the end of an orange wood stick, dip it in the remover then swab the polish off your nail, avoiding your cuticle area. This is especially important when you are using remover to remove oils from a clean nail bed, before applying polish. (Always clean your nail with remover before applying polish -- it will make your polish last longer!) You might want to check out a remover I developed for my line called The Stripper. It’s an acetone-based remover, but it contains aloe and lavender, which is easier on the cuticles.

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