Well here is something you probably didn’t expect me to write about – nail polish remover! But I discovered Jamberry Nails. I fell in love with their wrap product, and with this comes removal. The lovely lady who introduced me to these wonderful arty nails also told me about how bad Acetone is for your nails and why you wouldn’t want to stick your fingers into something so corrosive… Which prompted me to do some more research…
And gosh do the opinions vary on this. But I did find a few good non-biased articles that just stated the pros and cons.
What is Acetone?
Let’s start with what Acetone actually is. Acetone is a clear, harsh-smelling and highly flammable liquid. It’s a solvent, capable of disintegrating even plastic. This explains why it works so quickly at breaking apart and removing your nail polish. The chemical acetone can be found in many places, as it is produced both naturally by the human body and for industrial use, so there are many opportunities for it to come in contact with a person’s skin. Small amounts of acetone typically do not cause any harm, though some of the chemical may absorb through the skin and enter the bloodstream. At higher concentrations, acetone on skin may cause dryness, redness, and irritation, and if contact continues long term, one may develop dermatitis. Since Acetone on skin can be absorbed into the bloodstream and carried to the rest of the body, it may cause other health issues when the exposure is significant or occurs frequently. Can I just say – this talks about massive exposure, not the amounts you use to clean your nails. So don’t drink it!
Pros: Acetone is a very powerful solvent and with that is the most effective way to remove nail polish. It simply works the best at removing polish!
Cons: It is very harsh and very drying to nails, cuticles and skin because it also removes the natural oils from your nail and skin. It is essentially a paint stripper and super dry, damaged nails will get drier and more brittle through Acetone exposure.
Verdict: It is best used for infrequent polish removal, really dark polish colours, removing shellac and gel manicures. And if your nails don’t have a problem with Acetone, then don’t stop using it. It is still the fastest way of removing nail polish.
Non-Acetone Polish Remover
Pros: Non-acetone removers use less aggressive solvents like ethyl acetate, isopropyl alcohol and propylene carbonate. These don’t dry out your nails quite as much.
Cons: It just doesn’t work as well as Acetone. You’ll have to scrub for a lot longer and harder to remove your nail polish, especially dark colours. Some arguments say because of this you expose your nails for longer and with this they dry out more than with an Acetone based remover. They won’t work on shellac or gel manicures.
Verdict: Best for frequent polish removal, light polish colours and if you have dry or more sensitive skin and nails.
So all in all – nail polish remover is bad for your nails. But you can do things to help your nails recover. For example you can choose a remover that has added moisturising agents like glycerin, panthenol and soy to minimize the drying effect.
Always wash your hands with soap after removing your polish. And then you should wait an hour before polishing your nails again, so the water has time to evaporate from your nails.
Re-moisturise your skin and nails with a quality nail and cuticle oil after your manicure and then twice daily. Or you can just use olive oil for example. I for one use our Alpha-E oil Skin Replenisher (https://www.foreverliving.com/retail/entry/Shop.do?store=GBR&language=en&distribID=440500072227&itemCode=187)
Acetone is still the most effective way to remove nail polish. Unfortunately, it’s harsh and can dry out skin and nails. While other solvents work, they don’t work as well as Acetone. This means more time that you have to spend rubbing polish off your nails. Whether you choose Acetone or Non-acetone, be sure to moisturise your hands and nails after polish removal to counteract the drying effects of the solvent. I think I might actually buy one of each to use when it is best suited. And while doing this research I also found a load of extra uses of Acetone nail polish remover! Shall be using those for the Tuesday Tips I have on my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/heikeshealthybunch)! So look out for them!