Natural Nails: Nail Polish and Polish Remover
Removing chipped or worn nail polish from your fingers is a necessary beauty procedure that can also be stinky and messy. Nowadays, your options for removing fingernail polish go beyond that smelly acetone nail polish remover that your mom used when she was young.
Popular types of a nail polish remover
If you are wondering how certain products can remove nail polish, you need to understand that despite the variety of brands on shelves there are basically 2 types of nail polish removers:
- Acetone for nails;
- Non-acetone nail polish remover.
Both types contain a certain solvent (like acetone or another non-acetone component) that dissolves the hard layer left on your nails after wearing polish for a few weeks. This solvent has to be able to dissolve polish components like resins, film formers, plasticizers, and color pigments. For example, it can be harder to remove a red polish than a transparent clear nail polish because of the bright color pigments.
According to Wellness Mama, both types of nail polish removers have their pros and cons:
Acetone polish removers
As the most powerful solvent of chemicals, acetone can be great when you need to remove red or black nail polishes. However, along with nail polish, acetone may also remove the essential natural oils from the skin and nails. The skin around nails can actually be bleached if you use too much acetone. The harsh chemical components may also lead to skin dryness.
Pros: Acetone is still the most effective nail polish remover.
Cons: Can be very harsh to fingernails and the surrounding skin. Some women claim to have peeling skin around nails after using acetone to remove polish.
Good for: removing bright and dark polish shades, getting rid of no-chip manicures. Acetone is recommended for infrequent polish removal.
Non-acetone polish remover
Ethyl acetate, isopropyl alcohol, and propylene carbonate are the most common acetone substitutes in these type of removers. They can be labeled “natural” or “organic” but the solvent is mostly always a mild chemical. Also, non-acetone removers don’t dissolve multi-layered polish coating as effeciently.
Pros: A non-acetone remover is gentler than acetone. It causes less drying because in most cases the manufacturers add popular moisturizing agents like panthenol, soy, and glycerin to these removers.
Cons: may require more effort to remove nail polish (when it comes to dark shades), can’t help with gel or shellac manicures.
Good for: frequent polish removal, for wiping off light polish shades. Can be used by pregnant women and by people with dry or sensitive skin/nails.
4 ways of removing nail polish at home (without acetone)
If you like to change your nail color frequently, using any chemical removers can be bad for your nails. The beauty experts of Wellness Mama know how to help you. You can use the following 4 techniques and home remedies to remove your nail polish with maximum care and safety:
- Toothpaste – a small amount of white (non-colored!) toothpaste applied on each nail can and scrubbed with an old toothbrush can exfoliate the nails and lift and pull off the polish layers;
- Hair or body spray – may also help to scrape off the old polish. Spritz it with a nozzle a couple of centimeters away from your nail, then wipe off your polish with a cotton ball. Keep in mind that a hair spray may take some time to dry out the nails and make them ready to peel;
- Perfume – try soaking a cotton ball in your favorite perfume. Some perfumes can work better than non-acetone polish removers;
- A DIY nail polish remover. If you aim for homemade nail polish removers, consider mixing 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar. Blend them well. At first, you need to soak fingers for 10 minutes in warm water. Then soak the cotton balls in the mixture. Rub your polish-covered nails gently with them. It may take longer than you’re used to to remove polish this way, but it’s much more natural.
How can you remove gel fingernail polish?
Nowadays, wearing gel nail polish is a hot trend because this product looks amazing on any manicured nails. But, when it comes to gel nail polish remover, it can be a real problem, especially of you aim for non-acetone removers. In order to remove gel polish, you can use these simple guidelines offered by Cosmopolitan:
- Never peel or scrape off the polish, because you may harm your nail’s surface;
- Consider wearing a gel nail polish no longer than 14 days. Wearing it longer makes it harder to remove;
- Buy a special gel polish remover and gently remove the product using cotton balls. Forget about any organic polish removers. In most cases, only acetone can remove a gel polish from your nails. You need the maximum strength when it comes to any gel polish removing products;
- Before removing a polish, make sure to cover your cuticles with acetone. This chemical can work as the barrier layer between a gel polish and your cuticles. Your skin may get dry from acetone, so consider using any hand moisturizer (or Vaseline) on your clean fingernails afterward;
- If your gel polish is hard to remove, try soaking the fingernails in acetone. At first, you need to wet your nails with water. Then take the foil pieces and wrap them tightly around every nail bed of your fingers. Place the cotton ball soaked in acetone on top of every nail. Wait for 20-40 minutes in order to dissolve the polish components. At last, using the firm finger-pressure wipe off the gel polish.
A useful household tip: how can you remove nail polish out of carpet?
Now you know the beauty tricks of nail care when it comes to removing the old layers of a polish. However, sometimes when you’re doing home manicures, things spill. This is a common problem in salons too, but they may have cleaning tools or special floors that allow them to use nail polish remover on them. Removing nail polish stains out of carpets can be rather challenging, but there is an effective trick (recommended by StyleCraze) that you may use:
- Wet the stain with water (cold);
- Take your hair spray and spray 15-20 times;
- Rub 3-5 small splashes of any strong and clear alcohol (like vodka);
- Take a small scrub brush and start scrubbing the wet stain directly- scrub for 1 minute;
- While you’re scrubbing the stain, pour clean cold water onto it;
- Repeat the method a few times until the stain is no longer noticeable.
As you can see, you may easily remove nail polish from your fingernails or even the carpet effectively even without using acetone. Consider opting for an organic nail polish to protect the health of your hands and to reduce your dependence on chemicals.