Nail polish removers are used to rub off nail polish from the fingernails. They are usually made with organic liquids designed to react with the nail polish, but not with the nail itself. They work by dissolving the nail polish and allowing the loosened particles to wash off with the liquid. They may be applied with a brush or rubbed onto the fingernails with cloth or cotton swabs. Some removers also come in fine-tipped pens for correcting errors in detailed nail art.
Types of Nail Polish Removers
Kinds of Nail Polish Removers include the following:
Acetone polish removers
Acetone removers use diluted acetone as their main active ingredient.
They can remove multiple layers of polish with a single swipe.
They are highly flammable and tend to dry out the cuticles.
Non-acetone polish removers
Non-acetone or acetone-free removers use ethyl acetate and alcohol to dissolve nail polish.
They are gentler on the skin and cuticles, and often contain nail conditioners and moisturizers to keep the nails from drying.
They are ideal for gel and acrylic nails because they do not erode the surface coatings.
Choosing Nail Polish Removers (Buying tips)
Strength: Choose a nail polish remover with a mild concentration to keep from thinning out your nails and irritating the surrounding skin. Look for one that contains vitamin E and moisturizers to replenish the moisture and nutrients that get dissolved along with the polish. Drying time: Choose a quick-drying nail polish remover to minimize contact between your skin and the active ingredients. Look for a thin solution that is easily absorbed with cotton or cloth.