1We love getting a gel polish manicure because it gives us glossy painted nails that last for weeks, but it can also be a b**ch to remove. You usually have to go to the salon and pay extra bucks to have it taken off, but if you want to do it yourself, here's how to properly remove the polish without damaging your nails.

File the surface.
Gently break down the surface of the gel polish wth a nail file to help the remover seep into the lacquer.
1Anny Regenerating Power File, P680

Anny is available at Watsons.

Keep it gentle.
Use a polish remover that is gentle and hydrating on your nails yet strong enough to dissolve dried gel polish.

OPI Expert Touch Nail Polish Remover, P395
OPI is available at Rustan’s branches.

Wrap and soak.
Instead of using a cotton ball soaked in remover and foil strips to saturate your nails, get foil wraps with built-in cotton pads. Allot 10 minutes for your nails to properly absorb the formula.

OPI Expert Touch Removal Wraps, P245
OPI is available at Rustan’s branches.

Scrape off.
When the 10 minutes have passed, gently wipe the cotton pad back and forth before taking it off completely. There will probably be some leftover gel polish on the sides. Use a wooden orange stick to peel it off.
Resurrect your digits’ health and moisture levels with a nourishing nail treatment that fights brittleness and dryness.

Etude House Help My Finger Nail Pack, P58
Etude House is available at SM North, SM Megamall, SM Makati, Greenbelt, SM Mall of Asia, SM Southmall, and Alabang Town Center.

PHOTO: Instagram @OPI

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