Do you pass up acetone nail polish remover in favor of non-acetone because of injury or health risks?
There are a lot of reasons to do this. Acetone is a very flammable liquid, so it’s a serious fire risk. Its odor is strong enough to cause headaches, something you may have experienced yourself at a nail salon. This is probably a major reason why you take a DIY approach to caring for your nails.
And if acetone happens to make contact with a tiny cut or cuticle tear—ouch!
Safety Risks of Non-Acetone Nail Polish Removers
Some consumers turn to nail polish removers labeled ‘non-acetone.’
While these products are less likely to sting, they also contain flammable products, most often ethyl acetate, or methyl acetate, which are also highly flammable. Let’s face it: if it can catch fire, it’s not good for your nails or skin. And many of these products smell even worse than the acetone-based nail polish remover.
Acetone and acetate based non-acetone products are both very flammable.
Finally, many non-acetone and acetone nail polish removers are pink or yellow, colors that attract small children. Ingesting even a small amount is poisonous!
Some Natural (and Non-Acetone) Nail Polish Removers Sting
So what’s a gal to do when it’s time to touch up a manicure or pedicure?
Stinging is a big problem for many women looking for ways to remove nail polish. The skin on our fingers is pretty delicate and can easily blister and tear. So it’s not surprising that women who experience this problem look for homemade, natural solutions to get rid of old nail polish or when they just want a change of color.
In addition, many manicure and pedicure DIYers are experimenting with chemical-free, natural nail polish removers. The problem is that almost all include lemon juice or other citrus juices, which can sting. Mixing them with baking soda can lessen the sting.
Some homemade solutions include vinegar, which carries an odor some people dislike although it fades pretty quickly. Most of these include a citrus juice.
Alcohol or rubbing alcohol are other options that adds a dose of antibacterial treatment. But rubbing alcohol, at least, can sting although not as badly as acetone/non-acetone products. The same goes for hydrogen peroxide, another common natural ingredient.
Other natural approaches to removing old nail polish include:
- Soaking nails in hot water for about 15 minutes
- Painting on a dark layer of nail polish or topcoat and quickly rubbing it off
Hairspray and perfume or cologne have also been mentioned as nail polish removers but many of these may have flammable ingredients as well.
A Less Messy, Natural Nail Polish Remover
One thing many of the natural solutions have in common is that they’re, well, kind of messy.
They involve measuring, mixing, and hunting down cotton balls or swabs which can be difficult late at night, in homes with teenage girls, or if you’re on the road and the drugstores have closed for the night.
Consider a neat approach we offer: LEPADS® nail polish remover towelettes infused with natural ingredients good for your skin!
Our towelettes are soaked in Vitamin E and oils that gently remove nail polish and leave behind a sheen to rub into the skin around your nails to nourish it and help heal tears and cuts. They come in four mild and pleasant scents: coconut, watermelon, floral, and cherry. They come in small containers you can easily tuck into a purse or carry-on bag for travel.
Add a container or two to your home manicure/pedicure kit today!