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How to Remove Gelous Gel Nail Polish Quickly & Easily

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Dreading the thought of removing your Gelous Gel Polish? Worry not. From handy tips to expert tricks, we’re here to seamlessly guide you through the whole process, step by step. We’ve got all the info you need for a quick and easy, fuss-free removal, right from the comfort of your own home. Let’s get to it!

Gel Nail Polish Removal Tools - photographed in New Zealand on model

Can I remove Gelous Gel Nail Polish without damaging my nails?

Absolutely, you can remove Gelous Gel Nail Polish without causing your nails any harm. Whilst the removal process might not feel as rewarding as the application, it’s just as important! What’s key is following our instructions closely to ensure the process is safe and gentle. While picking at your Gel Nail Polish may seem like an easy option, this will inevitably peel away part of your natural nail, leaving it thin, weak, and uneven. For a strong, damage-free removal, take care to avoid any such peeling, and be sure to follow our simple recommendations.

What tools do I need to remove a Gelous gel manicure?

Your gel manicure removal essentials are a 100/180 Grit Nail File, Lint Free Wipes, Manicure Removal Clips, Orangewood Cuticle Sticks and an acetone-based Nail Polish Remover. Tools can make all the difference for an easy removal process, and their significance shouldn’t be overlooked. Our Nail Files are relatively hard-wearing but it's critical that it isn’t too worn down, we recommend replacing your Nail File every three months or so if you’re a regular user. Holding onto it for longer means the buffing plates may be too worn down to remove your Top Coat easily and without damage.

How do I remove Gelous Gel Nail Polish at home?

Buffing off the Top Coat

Using the rough 100-grit side of the Gelous Nail File, gently buff away the shiny Top Coat, making sure to get down the sides of your nails as these areas can easily be missed. You can file slightly beyond the Top Coat into the Colour Coats if you’ve previously applied several layers, this will help to reduce soaking time and allow the Remover to penetrate each layer a little easier. Just be gentle with this, taking special care to avoid filing down to the nail.

Option 1: Soaking off your Gel Nail Polish

Begin by soaking a Lint Free Wipe in Nail Polish Remover, before folding it into a square. This will allow the wipe to hold onto more liquid and helps to prevent Nail Polish Remover from touching too much of your skin. You can streamline this process by soaking both hands at the same time. Start by clipping a moistened Lint Free Wipe to the pinky, ring, and middle finger of each hand using the Manicure Removal Clips. Then, move to the index fingers and finally, the thumbs. If you're struggling to clip the Manicure Removal Clips on your thumbs, we suggest doing one hand at a time or simply asking someone for a helping hand. After clipping, you should press down to ensure an airtight seal and leave to soak for between 10-20 minutes, depending on how thick you applied the Gel Nail Polish.

Option 2: Using Express Gel Nail Polish Remover

A real time-saving alternative, with this method all you’ll need to do is apply a generous coat of Express Gel Nail Polish Remover over the entire surface of your nails. Working just like magic, simply wait 3-5 minutes for the Gel Nail Polish to effortlessly bubble and lift off the nail.

Pushing away the Gel Nail Polish

Once the recommended time has passed, your Gel Nail Polish should have partially lifted and will come off relatively easily with a gentle push of your Orangewood Cuticle Sticks. Push in the direction your nail grows, from cuticle to tip, taking care not to press into the nail. Any stubborn bits of Gel Nail Polish that don’t lift right off can be gently buffed away using the fine (180-grit) side of the Gelous Nail File. If you struggle to remove the Gel Nail Polish, you may need to soak your nails once again or reapply the Express Gel Nail Polish Remover for a second time round. This could be due to not buffing sufficiently the first time around, not having enough Nail Polish Remover on, the Nail Polish Remover drying out, or having not left it on for long enough. An important tip to note, if you have previously applied Builder Gel, you do not need to completely remove this during each removal process. Simply lightly buff your nails using the fine (180-grit) side of the Gelous Nail File to create a smooth and even surface for your next mani.

Nourishing your nails

Once your removal is complete, give your hands a good wash, then treat them to a nourishing Cuticle Oil and high-quality Hand Cream. This step is crucial for replenishing moisture after the drying effects of buffing and acetone.

Can I re-apply Gelous Gel Nail Polish immediately after my Gel Nail Polish removal?

If you’re planning on reapplying right after removal, hold off on applying Cuticle Oil or Hand Cream until after you’ve completed your new manicure. Follow all the instructions outlined in How to Apply Gelous Gel Nail Polish, however take care to only softly buff your nails with the Nail File during prep. If your nails feel sensitive, it’s wise to wait 1-2 weeks before the next application. During this break, focus on strengthening and nourishing both your hands and nails using our Cuticle Oil and Hand Cream.

With these helpful tips, you’re bound for a safe, simple, and stress-free removal. This is paramount for nurturing your natural nail health, so relish the steps and take your time. If visual learning is more your thing, take a look at the Gelous Gel Nail Polish Removal Tutorials over on YouTube!

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