Painting your nails can be a fun way to express your personality. You can mix shades, add glitter for a sparkly effect, match your nails to your dress or brighten up a boring outfit with a colourful shade. But sooner or later, it will be time to take off your manicure and that’s no fun at all. Removing nail polish can take quite a long time, get messy and dry your hands. So, here’s a technique that will make the process easier and gentler:
1. Gather your tools
Get some cotton balls and a nail polish remover. I prefer acetone-based ones, because they are more effective and do the job quicker. It’s true that they can dry out your nails and cuticles, but as long as you don’t use them too often (I change my polish only once a week) and apply a hand cream afterwards you’ll be fine. But if you want something gentler, and don’t mind spending a bit more time to take off your manicure, you can opt for an acetone-free remover too.
2. Prep the nails
Soak the cotton pad in the nail polish remover. Then, press it onto the nail and hold it there for about 30 seconds. This will help loosen the polish, which will then be easier to take off.
3. Wipe it all off!
Wipe from the base of the nail to the tip and repeat for as many times as are necessary to remove all the polish. Wiping the nail in an upward direction will make sure that the colour won’t end up all over (and stain) your fingers.
When all your nails are clean, wash your hands. They will feel a bit dry now, so apply a good hand cream to replenish the moisture they have lost. If your nails are particularly dry, then you can also give them a break by waiting a couple of days before applying nail polish again.
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