How many of you balk in disgust at the sight of white, fraying dry skin after you use a Nail Polish remover? Or run to splosh moisturizer on your cuticles?
I may have a solution to help your cuticles feel better!
I know we get Acetone free removers, but they take years/ages to make to polish come off.
Acetone is a good solution to that, but it dries ur skin! And How!!!
I was searching to buy a nice nail polish remover that doesnt try to kill my cuticles and I chanced upon this DIY Gentle remover. Its made on the lines of Zoya's Remove Plus Nail Polish Remover.
Essentially you use acetone coz its very effective to remove nail polish, but add the goodness of glycerin to make sure that acetone doesnt harm your cuticles.
Ready to make it? (if you said oh yeah!!! read further!
if you already made it, please give your suggestions/tips on how to make this better.)
Reader Q: What Do I need?
A: A bottle, Glycerin, Pure Acetone and filtered water
Reader Q: Is it gonna be an expensive affair?
A: Nope. 100g glycerin costs Rs.45/- ($0.9) and Pure Acetone costs me Rs: 84 for 400 ml. Water is freeeeeee freeee freeeeee LoL!!
Q: Do I need an empty bottle?
A: Depends if there is room in your acetone bottle you can use that...or just clean out any used up container of a body lotion or body wash/hand lotion etc. The container you are mixing into must be see through. Or you wont know how much to mix.
Q: Ok, I got an empty bottle.. now what?
Put as much acetone as you want..leave room to add and mix other stuff. I have taken an old bottle of M&S body lotion and clean it out with water and soap. I like a bottle with pump for acetone. Makes it easier to use. You may want to try a bit first instead of mixing the whole acetone.
Q: How much Glycerin to add?
A: Take Glycerin in the cap of the bottle and add to acetone. You'll see glycerin plonk straight to the bottom of the bottle. Now mix it hard by closing the bottle and give it a shake. The glycerin is soluble in acetone, but not beyond a point.
Q: What is Glycerin?
"A versatile liquid listed as safe for human consumption by the Food and Drug Administration, glycerine is viscous, colorless, and has a slightly sweet taste. Food and drug makers use it in everything from candies to toothpaste." Source
|This is bottle before the glycerin was mixed up.|
Keep adding Glycerin and shaking it till you see that glycerin doesnt mix anymore. So its helpful to keep mixing as you add along.
Q: Okayyyy, the glycerin doesnt mix anymore. Now what?
A: Fret not even if you dont get this exact. I had added roughly 4 capfuls of glycerin without shaking it up.
Now close the bottle and mix hard. If you have any extra glycerin that wont mix into the acetone it will get mixed as you add water. See, glycerin is completely soluble in water. (bet u didnt know that..haha).
I'd suggest you should add little water little by little and shake it out and see if the glycerin has got mixed.
Now you wont be able to see any distinguished separation in the bottle.
Q: Managed that without spilling any of this mixture in my eye.
A: Now use it and come back here and tell me how it worked for you :p
I still have 1/3rd of the acetone bottle left and more than 3/4th of the glycerin left for future use.
Some more FAQs:
Q: This feels slightly sticky!!
A: Thats coz there is more glycerin in the mixture. My first batch was slightly sticky, but then I didnt really mind the sticky-ness as it just as easily comes off with washing your hands in soap water. (which I would normally do after using a nail polish remover anyways). I am happy to not see any more dried, white cuticles.
Q: My cuticles still feel dry!!
A: Add more glycerin. Glycerin has properties to retain moisture from the air around it.
I've read a post about this from Anutka on her blog :Wacky Laki and then made it myself the first time.
You can check her post here. She has a cool blog!!
Got anymore questions?
Do leave your comments, I'd love to hear them.