Types Of Nail Polish Remover
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Generally there are two types of nail polish remover. Those which contain Acetone and those that do not – these are called Acetone Free.
However, if you are out of remover and you really need some, then there are also some items you’ll find around the house that you can use.
Acetone nail polish removers usually remove polish quicker.
They are also great for removing glitter and for cleaning up after applying polish.
But it does have it’s drawbacks. This type of remover will dry out your natural nails, cuticles and surrounding skin.
It will also melt plastic and Styrofoam – so keep this in mind if you are tipping some into a container for cleaning up.
Acetone Free nail polish removers are less drying to your nails and cuticles. And they will generally not smell as nasty as ones containing Acetone.
But depending on the brand you buy it may take a little longer to remove polish. If you have brittle nails, then this remover will definitely be kinder to your nails.
Out Of Remover – Did You Know You Can Use…
I did a little research on removing nail polish. And if you are out of remover and really need to remove your polish there are a few ways you can do this.
Paint a clear coat on and then wipe it off immediately
I tried these three and all worked. Here are some before and after shots that I took.
I had a base coat and two coats of the main color on at the time.
I picked this color as it usually smears all over the place when I use a normal remover and I wanted to see how well these alternatives would work.
I was pleasantly surprised. All did a reasonable job of removing the polish.
And my nails didn’t seem too worse for wear afterwards.
Starting from the top finger – I used a top coat polish. Then I tried perfume on the middle one. And finally, hairspray on the last.
To remove the clear coat I used a wet wipe. I had to apply a couple of coats, but in the end it removed all of the polish.
For the hair spray and perfume I used a cotton balls. This worked quickly and didn’t leave any polish behind. I would definitely recommend using these in an “emergency”.
A fourth option I found was to use hand sanitizer. Although I tried two different ones and neither worked at all.
Both were a lotion type consistency so maybe this was the problem. I wasn’t able to find one that seemed to be more like a liquid.
The other way I found was to use Rubbing Alcohol. But I didn’t have any of this around the house so I can’t confirm that this works.
After you have completed your nail art you can clean up around the base of your nail near the cuticle to get a nice neat line. Use an old eye make-up brush or a paint brush dipped in polish remover.
I find that an acetone one works best.
I usually dip the brush in the remover then squash the flat side of the brush against the side of the container a couple of times to remove the excess.
Then gently run the brush around your cuticle.
Large areas around your nail can be cleaned using a cotton bud soaked in remover.
If you are using a brush for clean-up, then the lid or a small dipping sauce dish are great to use for holding the polish remover.
Always make sure you have something close by to wipe up spilt remover. The ingredients in them love eating away at plastic or wood and they do so really quickly.
If you find that the opening on the bottle is big – transfer it to one with a smaller opening. It will last longer as you wont be wasting as much.
Remember to moisturize your cuticles after using a nail polish remover to rehydrate them.
Is Acetone Safe?
The question on whether Acetone is safe to use or not is one that is asked a lot.
I’ve not been able to find any information stating that it is not.
And at the time of writing this there does not appear to be any studies indicating that it is.