"How to Safely Remove Your Soak-off Gel Polish"
1. SOAKING ~ Soak-Off in a bowl of acetone, sitting on a larger bowl of warm water (15 minutes)
2. FOIL-WRAP ~ Soak-Off using a piece of cotton saturated with acetone, placed on top of the nail and wrap with a piece of foil (20 minutes)
1. Soak-Off in a bowl of acetone, sitting on a larger bowl of warm water.For this procedure, I took a small bowl and filled it with enough acetone (the size of a Chinese tea tasting bowl). The acetone is just enough to cover all my nails when placed inside the bowl. Then this tiny bowl is placed in a bigger bowl filled with warm water. I did not use a lot of acetone since I used this tiny sized bowl.
Soaking alone took about 15 minutes in total.
2. Soak-Off using home-made Foil Wrap Method
I cut up tiny squares of foil (enough to wrap around my fingers) and cotton pads (just enough to cover my nails). This method took 5 minutes more than dipping the whole finger into the acetone. Making my own wraps is money saving as the pre-made ones are very expensive. Yes, it may consume some time, but not a lot... and when you do it while watching your favorite show, you might not even notice the time ;)
The Soaking method I find takes lesser work than the foil wrap method. It is a lot more convenient specially when you're doing it alone. It's easier clean-up too :)
*With the aide of a little scraping, the polish was removed without any major damage to my nails and cuticles. This is true for both methods. Thing is - you need to be nice and gentle with your nails and do not force the polish out if it's not willing to go. Just soak a little bit longer.
*There were visible signs of stress and trauma, from the scraping, but no ripping or chipping of the nail plate. My nails remained thick and strong. Of course, I left my nails to rest for a week or two before applying my next polish.
*To protect my skin, I applied cuticle oil all over my fingers before soaking.
I aslo apply a generous amount of cuticle oil after the removal process and I make sure I apply some hand-cream on my nails and cuticles too, after washing my hands. Yes, that makes my touch screen phone and tablet very greasy, haha. But I also keep a lint free cloth to wipe it :D.... So long as i have healthy looking nails, the extra work don't matter, does it?
How about you? Which of these two methods do you use or would prefer to use?
Have a great day pretty ladies!