There are a lot of people who want to have a sun-kissed look all year round, but they don’t have the time to go out in the sun. This is where fake tanning comes in. Fake tanning can give you the same look as if you’ve been lying out in the sun, but it’s important to remember that there are some safety tips that you should keep in mind. This blog post will discuss some of those tips so that you can stay safe while getting your faux glow on.

Get The Advice Of Professionals

One of the primary things that you should do when fake tanning is to get the advice of professionals. There are a lot of products out there that can be harmful if they’re not used correctly, so it’s important to talk to someone who knows what they’re doing. Professionals can help you choose the right product for your skin type, and they can also show you how to use it safely. If you opt for a tanning session method in a spa rather than a basic tanning product application, you can also ask them if you can tan more than once in 2 days. This way, you can be sure that you’re not going to experience any adverse effects from the tanning process. You may be surprised to find that many professionals are happy to give you this type of advice. They want you to have a great tanning experience, after all.

Don’t Apply Fake Tanning Products To Broken Skin

If you have any cuts or scratches on your skin, don’t apply fake tanning products to them. The chemicals in the product can make the wound worse, and it could also lead to infection. Wait until the wound has healed before applying any type of self-tanner. In parallel to this, if you intend to get a fake tan from a spa professional, be certain to reveal any areas of skin irritation or damaged skin so that the technician can either avoid those areas or take appropriate safety measures. Rest assured that most technicians have seen it all and will not be shocked by your revelations.

Be Aware Of The Ingredients In Fake Tanning Products

Another important thing to keep in mind when fake tanning is to be aware of the ingredients in the product that you’re using. Some chemicals can be harmful if they’re ingested, so it’s important to avoid getting the product in your mouth. If you’re using a spray tan, be sure to avoid inhaling the mist and don’t let it get into your eyes. It’s also important to keep fake tanning products away from children, as they can be harmful if swallowed. If you get a tan from a professional, be certain to ask them about the ingredients in their products and whether or not they are safe for use. In doing so, you can be sure that you’re not putting your health at risk.

Exfoliate Before Applying Fake Tanning Products

One of the best ways to ensure that your fake tan looks natural is to exfoliate your skin before applying the product. This will help to remove any dead skin cells, and it will also give you a smooth surface on which to apply the product. If you don’t exfoliate, the fake tan may end up looking streaky or uneven. Exfoliating can be done with a simple scrub or with a product that is specifically designed for this purpose. Be sure to read the instructions carefully so that you don’t end up harming your skin.

Stay Hydrated While Fake Tanning

Another important thing to remember when fake tanning is to stay hydrated. This means drinking plenty of water before, during, and after the tanning process. If you’re not hydrated, the fake tan can end up looking patchy or uneven. In addition, dehydration can be dangerous, and it can even lead to death in extreme cases. So be sure to drink plenty of water while fake tanning and keep yourself well-hydrated at all times.

Use A Sunscreen

Finally, one of the most important safety tips for fake tanning is to use sunscreen. A good sunscreen will protect your skin from the sun’s rays, whether you’re getting a natural tan or a faux glow. Be sure to apply it before going outside and reapply it often, especially if you’re sweating or swimming. There are various sunscreens available on the market, so be sure to choose one that is right for your skin type.

These are some of the most important safety tips to keep in mind when fake tanning. By following these simple guidelines, you can ensure that your tanning experience is a safe and enjoyable one. Have fun and be sure to experiment with different types of products or methods to find the one that works best for you.

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How to Remove Fake Nails Safely at Home


Removing fake nails safely and correctly is a bit of a process, but it’s an important one. Nail extensions aren’t as damaging to the nails as many people think. More often than not, any trauma to the nails happens during the removal process if it’s done the wrong way.

At home, it can be tempting to just try and pull the nails off, but that’s just about the worst thing you can do. Many of the hacks you can find on YouTube or TikTok are also very damaging. Instead, follow our process to take off your nail extensions but keep your nails happy and strong.

This method will work with all kinds of nail extensions, including acrylics and sculpted gel, so don’t worry if you can’t get back to the salon for professional removal. You can do this from the comfort of your own home, with your favorite TV show on in the background.

In this article:

What You’ll Need to Remove Fake Nails Safely

Before you start trying to get your fake nails off, you need to make sure you have all the necessary tools for the process. Here are the basic essentials:

Removing Nail Extensions at Home

Once you have everything ready, follow the steps below to remove your nail extensions without causing any damage to your natural nails.

  1. File Down or Clip the Tip

    Once you’re ready to start the removal process, your first step is to remove the tips. If your extensions are medium-length, you can just file them down with the most textured side of your nail file. This will be the gentlest option that’ll put the least amount of pressure on your natural nails.

    If your nail extensions are very long, you can save yourself some time by clipping off the tips instead. A toenail clipper is actually great for this since it’ll be stronger than a typical nail clipper. 

    Improper clipping can pull on the nail bed a little bit, so here’s how to do it gently. Never clip the tip in one go, creating a straight line, as that’s just too much pressure all once. Instead, clip twice, holding the clipper on an angle as though you’re trying to clip your extensions into a pointy stiletto. This redirects the pressure and breaks off the tip more gently. You can even clip in many small, rounded motions if you want to be extra gentle.

  2. File Down the Surface of the Extension

    Once your extensions are clipped, you now need to deal with their surface. Your nail extensions are probably covered in some sort of protective polish or topcoat, and you need to break that down so that the acetone can penetrate inside them.

    Using the roughest grain on your nail file, file over the surface of the nail extension. You may want to put on a face mask since this can get a little dusty. You’ll want to do this until the entire surface of the nail extension loses its sheen and looks properly filed, which will take at least a minute or two per nail.

    You can actually remove the entire extension just by filing (this is what many salons do, just using an electronic file). However, we don’t recommend doing it at home if your nails are brittle since you can accidentally file your actual nail plate.

  3. Do an Acetone Soak

    Next, you’ll want to soak your nail extensions with acetone, so you’ll also need your foil and cotton balls. Acetone is a strong solvent that can even break down acrylics, although it’s a slow process.

    If you haven’t done so yet, tear the foil into strips that you’ll be able to wrap around your nails. Then, soak a cotton ball in acetone, place it over the nail extensions. Before any acetone has a chance to evaporate, wrap your fingertip with foil. The foil will prevent the acetone from evaporating, guaranteeing that it seeps in and saturates the acrylic.

    Once you’ve done this to all of your nails, wait for around 12-15 minutes.

  4. Pry a Little

    Once enough time passes, remove the first foil tip and cotton ball, and check on your extension. It may simply pop off as you do this. If it doesn’t, use a cuticle pusher to gently pry at the bottom of the extensions, near the base of the nail. Never attempt to pull on the extensions from above!

    Your nail extensions should slide off easily, so you can repeat the process with the rest of your nails.

    If pushing with the cuticle pusher doesn’t immediately remove the extension, soak your cotton ball with a bit more acetone and wrap it up again for 3 more minutes or so. With enough time soaking, the extensions will eventually slide off.

  5. Do Some Buffing

    Even once all of your extensions are removed, there is still a little more work to do! There might still be some glue, base coat, or residue on your nail plate that you need to remove. A lot of it might come off with a bit of pushing with your cuticle pusher.

    Whatever doesn’t can be buffed away with one of the finer grains on your nail file. Buff your nail plate gently until all of the residue is gone but without damaging your natural nails.

  6. Give Your Nails Some TLC

    That’s it! Your nails will probably feel a little dry from all of the acetone, so you’ll need to bring them back to life. You can rinse any dust or acetone remnants from your hands and finish off with a healthy layer of cuticle oil or thick hand cream to restore some much-needed moisture. Finally, you can also add a layer of nail strengthener to further protect your nails.

How to Remove Nail Extensions Safely at Home

Fake Nail Removal Dos & Don’ts

We’ve explained the fake nail removal process in its entirety, but we have a few extra tips and reminders to make sure to keep your nails healthy.

  • If you live in a very cold climate, consider warming up your acetone first by placing the bottle in a hot water bath. This will help it work quickly, so you don’t have to sit with your nails soaking for too long.  
  • Always remember to avoid pulling on your nail extensions. If, at any point in the process, you feel like you need to pull, it just means you either haven’t filed or haven’t soaked your extensions enough.
  • Don’t trust the strange hacks on the Internet! There are videos online of people removing their nail extensions with floss, but just like pulling on the nails, this can be very damaging.
  • If your skin is dry, you can actually apply some hand cream or even Vaseline only to your nail bed (careful not to get it on your nails) before starting the entire process to protect your skin and cuticles from the acetone.

Photos via @imarninails, Instagram

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