Published on July 22nd, 2016 | by Neharika Sabharwal
Right Choice: Acetone
Nail products sans acetone good or bad? If good – what are the other chemicals in the products
Fiery reds, wicked yellows or soft pinks, each time you paint your nails, you seem to dazzle them with a different shade of your personality. Obviously, along with those 80 bottles of varnish, a nail polish remover is your trusty best friend. Or is it? Truth be told, most removers have strong chemical compounds because nail lacquer isn’t easy to come off. Also, lately there has been a lot of hue and cry about health hazards of nail polish removers. Confused? Don’t worry. First things first, let’s figure out how that bottle of clear liquid does a disappearing act with your chipped nails. A coat of nail colour typically contains ingredients like resins, plasticizers, film formers and color pigments. A nail polish remover is an organic solvent that works by dissolving the hard film that’s left on your nails by the polish.
Acetone – the universal messiah
The most common type of nail polish remover contains a very powerful solvent called Acetone. It removes any nail paint in a jiffy, but being a harsh solvent, it also removes the natural oils from your skin. Acetone based removers maybe ideal for taking out those dark shades, but it’s also infamous for drying your cuticles and making your nails brittle.
Ethyl Acetate – the gentle counterpart
Tired of battling dry and yellow nails as a downside to your love for colour? Enter ethyl acetate; the milder solvent used in a new breed of nail paint removers. Now this is definitely a less aggressive solvent so it won’t dry your nails as much as acetone. Most removers that use ethyl acetate as a solvent also add moisturizing agents like glycerin, panthenol and soy to minimize the drying effect. It’s ideal for women with dry and sensitive nails but you will have to work a lot harder to take off that old polish.
Acetone Vs Ethyl Acetate
To pick your preference in nail paint remover between the two may seem confusing but it’s not. Just give a quick thought to your nail make-up. If you wear nail polish infrequently and prefer dark colours, acetone is the most effective way to remove the colour. On the other side, if changing nail colours is a daily regime, or your wear light shades, non-acetone removers will be a good bet. Just be ready to spend some extra time rubbing the polish off your nails. Also whatever you choose, be sure to moisturize your hands and nails after polish removal to counteract the drying effects of the solvent. Every woman loves her hot colours but also wants to care for her nails. So we say, keep one of both! Use the non-acetone one for the normal nail paints whereas acetone one to remove glitter or dark nail polish.
FAB BAG PICKS
BOURJOIS MAGIC NAIL POLISH REMOVER: Nail polish is instantly removed with the touch of a magic wand! For each nail, simply Dip-Twist-Remove in 1 second without any cotton wool. Your nails will be polish-free in just 1 second*! Plus, its red berry and vanilla fragrance leaves nails delicately scented. CLICK HERE to view this product
Johara Nail Color Insta Remover : Go ahead and be fickle. Changing your nail color every day has never been so effortless. Johara® Nail Color InstaRemover is a gentle and effective nail color remover. The bottle contains pre-moistened foams that eliminate the need for messy cotton balls. CLICK HERE to view product