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Feeling worried that your gel nails are going to grow out while you are self isolating? We know how tempting it can be to pick off your gel nail polish especially if you are feeling stressed. Don’t worry we are going to give you all the information you’ll need to remove them safely without causing damage to your nails.

Does peeling off gel polish damage nails?

When you peel gels off your nails, you’re not just peeling away the polish, you’re also peeling off layers of your nail bed with it. Doing this is going to lead to much flimsier, weaker nails or dry and flakey textures on the nail. If you continuously peel off your gel nails you’re probably going to have to take an extended break from manicures until your nails recover and build up again. So want more manicures in the future? Resist the picking and read on to learn how to take off your gels without the damage.

How do I fix my nails after gel peeling off?

OK, so you’ve already succumbed to the temptation of peeling your gel nails off. Don’t panic, we can do a little damage control to help your nails heal a little quicker. They’ll need a bit of time to breathe, so it’s a good time to cut them down to size, to prevent them from bending and breaking themselves. It’s also a good idea to buff them (gently) back into a good shape. Apply good cuticle oil to the nail bed, and a nail strengthener if you need one.

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What do I need to remove my Gel Nails?

When it comes to removing your nails (go you for not chipping them off), you’re going to need acetone, a bowl, foil nail wraps, cotton wool pads, and a nail file. You should make sure you’re in a well ventilated room when using the acetone. The best way to remove your gels does take a little time and patience, but your nails will thank you for taking the time and using the appropriate method.

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How do I remove my gel nails?

Now to the actual process of removing the gel polish, here are our five steps to safely removing your gel nail polish.

1. Before removing the gel polish, cut and then file your nails down to the length you want.

2. Pour some acetone into a bowl and dip the cotton pads into the bowl. Place each one gently over each nail so the nail is covered in the acetone. If you’re doing this alone focus on one hand before the other.

3. Wrap each finger in the foil wraps, around the pad soaked in acetone to hold it in place. This will add some pressure to lock in the acetone and help it to loosen the gel polish.

4. Keep the nails soaked in the solution for up to thirty minutes for best results (but check the acetone label for the timings it recommends). Lie back and relax for a while.

5. Remove the foil from each finger. It should pull away easily if the gel has completely lifted from the nail. Amy leftover patches can be re-wrapped or should be able to be removed with very little pushing. If you were doing this yourself you should now repeat on the other hand.

1. Before removing the gel polish, cut and then file your nails down to the length you want.

2. Pour some acetone into a bowl and dip the cotton pads into the bowl. Place each one gently over each nail so the nail is covered in the acetone. If you’re doing this alone focus on one hand before the other.

3. Wrap each finger in the foil wraps, around the pad soaked in acetone to hold it in place. This will add some pressure to lock in the acetone and help it to loosen the gel polish.

4. Keep the nails soaked in the solution for up to thirty minutes for best results (but check the acetone label for the timings it recommends). Lie back and relax for a while.

5. Remove the foil from each finger. It should pull away easily if the gel has completely lifted from the nail. Amy leftover patches can be re-wrapped or should be able to be removed with very little pushing. If you were doing this yourself you should now repeat on the other hand.

While you’re waiting for your next gel manicure, why not do some repair work on the nails with our nail care?. Want more help and advice? Take a look at more of our Just Ask Sally articles to find out more.