Can A Nail Steamer Remove Gel Polish At Home? I Tried It
Do experts recommend at-home gel removal devices, like nail steamers?
This is a new technology, so many nail professionals haven't tried these steamers yet. However, Julie K, a celebrity nail artist based in New York City, says she's excited about the innovation. "The technology makes sense — warmed up acetone works faster than room-temp acetone," she explains.
Does she think it's safe? "I think as long as [your nails] don’t soak much longer than necessary, they will totally be fine," Julie says. "Just make sure to follow up with a heavy moisturizer," she recommends Weleda Skin Food or Maxus, "and or cuticle oil to replace the oils lost with the acetone. Also, [it's] important to push the loosened gel off with the grain of the nail — as it grows, not back towards the cuticle — after it’s been soaking."