Acetone vs Non Acetone
The most important decision you'll need to make as you choose which nail polish remover to buy is whether you prefer a product with or without acetone.
What Is Acetone?
Acetone is a common solvent that has long been found in traditional polish removers because it is extremely effective.
Unfortunately, acetone can be very drying to your nails and skin, so many people prefer products formulated without it.
What to Use Instead of Acetone
Non-acetone polish removers typically use chemicals like ethyl acetate or isopropyl alcohol as their solvents. These ingredients are much less harsh on nails and skin, but they may take longer to dissolve polish.
Non-acetone removers won't work on gel manicures because gel polish is so strong. Acetone removers shouldn't be used to remove artificial nails because the chemical will dissolve the plastic of the nail in addition to the glue that binds it.
Ingredients that Can Help Nurture Nails
Certain polish removers are also formulated with ingredients that can be beneficial to the health of your nails. Products might feature aloe vera or some other moisturizer that keeps skin and nails from drying out and promotes hydration. Other types of polish remover are fortified with vitamins and proteins that can help strengthen your nails.
Polish Remover Applicators
You can choose among several different types of products based on the way you want to apply nail polish remover. Liquid removers can be dabbed onto a cotton ball and then used to wipe nails clean. You can also soak nails in liquid remover to promote better efficacy.
Other products include pre-soaked wipes or pads that you can simply rub across your nails to target unwanted polish. Since gel manicures typically take longer to dissolve, you may need to apply acetone for at least 15 minutes before this polish can be removed. back to top »
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