Gel Removal at home

Written by Angela, 12th April 2020

Sensoria’s ‘How to’ sheet for Gel Polish Removal

You will need:

  • A coarse emery board
  • Nail Remover Product
  • Five cotton wool discs cut into quarters
  • Kitchen foil cut into 6cm squares
  • Orange wood stick
  • Nail buffer
  • Nail oil
  • Towel
  • Somewhere warm to place your hands like a hot water bottle
  1. File over the surface of the nail with the emery board to break up the top layer
  2. Soak the cotton wool in Nail Remover Product and place over the gel varnish
  3. Quickly and tightly wrap the nail and cotton wool in kitchen foil square.
  4. Repeat for each finger
  5. Place towel over your hand and place hot water bottle over the top as the heat speeds up the chemical reaction.
  6. After 5 minutes test the first nail to see if the gel will scrape off with the orange wood stick. If not re-wrap and leave another 5 minutes
  7. It can take around 15 minutes to soften the gel enough for gentle and complete removal
  8. Remove the foil one by one and gently scrape the gel off the nail from the cuticle towards the nail tip.
  9. Lightly buff over the nail to remove any residue.
  10. Wash your hands and dry
  11. Apply nail oil.
  12. Repeat on the other hand.

Note: if you have some surgical gloves it is possible to do both hands at the same time as the gloves keep the foils on the nails.

Take care when handling acetone. Use in a well-ventilated room, avoid contact with eyes or mouth, keep foodstuffs, pets and small children away from nail remover product and also any unnecessary contact with skin. Dispose of carefully.

See our gel removal video on YouTube here:

Originally published April 12, 2020 21:46pm, updated January 15, 2024

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