How to remove gel polish at home - without damaging your nails

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How to remove gel polish at home - without damaging your nails

When our gel manicure is ready to be taken off, we start picking and before we know it… we’ve managed to peel off our gel and ruin our nails in the process. Learn how to remove gel nails the right way - it's never been easier to remove gel nails at home!

As tempting as it may be to pick at your gel polish, this is an easy way to damage your nails for the foreseeable future. While the best way to remove gel polish may take some patience, ensuring your gel polish is removed safely means that your nails will stay in tip-top condition.

What you’ll need:

  • Bluesky Nail Buffer
  • Cuticle pusher/wooden manicure stick
  • Acetone remover
  • Cotton Pads
  • Foil (use either pre-bought foils or use tin foil and cut into rectangles big enough to wrap around your fingers)
  • OR you can use Bluesky Remover Wraps - you can get everything you need for easy gel polish removal in our Remover Kit!

Begin by taking your nail buffer:

Just like your pre-manicure prep, you’ll want to remove the shine from the gel. This helps to remove the top layer of the gel polish and to give the acetone a better chance of soaking down through the layers.

Here's how to soak off gel polish:

You can either use remover wraps or acetone and foils to remove your gel polish. If using acetone, take the cotton pads and carefully soak them in acetone. Place a cotton pad on your first finger and wrap a piece of foil around it. Repeat for all nails (top tip: it’s usually easier to do one hand, remove all gel and then repeat the process for your other hand).

If you’ve picked up some Bluesky remover wraps, the process is very similar – except all you need are the wraps! Here’s how to use them to get gel polish off your nails:


Now, we wait...

Leave the acetone to work its magic for 10-15 minutes. Try not to leave for longer than 15 minutes as the acetone will begin to dry and will stop working as well. Test a nail by removing the foil or wrap and use your cuticle pusher/stick to see if the gel is starting to come away. Most of the gel should have already started to crumble.

When the gel is starting to come away from the nail, carefully scrape at the gel to remove any excess from the nail. If there’s still some stubborn gel clinging to your nail, take some new acetone/a new wrap and soak the nail for 2-5 more minutes.

Gel polish removal

Add the finishing touches

Take your buffer and gently buff your nails to remove any final residue left on your nails. You can then use your Bluesky Nail File to shape your nails if needed, before washing them to remove the acetone that may still be present on the nails.

For the finishing touch, nourish your nails with some Cuticle Oil to give them some additional moisture after using acetone. Removing gel polish can dry the nails out, so make sure to hydrate your nails straight away with our Cuticle Oil.

Your nails will now be fresh, free of gel polish and ready to go!

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