Photo of 32 oz. bottle of Zoya Remove + polish remover

“Steph, everyone KNOWS non-acetone removers are better for your nails. Come on!” I hear you saying, but NOT SO FAST, my friend. Let’s talk about why an acetone-based remover is actually a superior choice in polish removal, shall we?

Well, first let’s dispel the myth that acetone is somehow less safe for you than non-acetone removers.
1. Acetone evaporates quickly which means the fumes aren’t hanging around jacking you up. (Bonus: acetone fumes activate our warning system when they reach harmful levels meaning you’ll deal with the situation long before it reaches anything close to toxicity.)
2. Acetone can’t get through your skin or nails to get into your bloodstream and ruin your life.
3. Acetone is considered slightly safer than ethyl acetate (one of the primary ingredients in non-acetone removers).
4. But aside from all that, acetone is more effective at breaking down polish so you can remove it.

“Okay, Steph, that’s all good and well or whatever, but acetone makes my cuticles and skin feel dry AF and non-acetone removers don’t do that so much,” you say. Well, friend, you have a point.


You kind of don’t. Acetone is actually LESS drying to the skin because it dissolves the polish faster so you spend less time having it on your nails and skin.

But okay, it DOES dry your skin a bit, I’ll grant you that. So put some cooking oil on your hands before you remove your polish next time. “What?!? Not nail oil?!” you exclaim. No, friend, not this time. You’re only sacrificing it to the Acetone Evaporation God. No sense wasting the good shit on that.

Basically, a little acetone once a week is just fine. (And really, since a Color Street manicure lasts up to two weeks, once a week is PLENTY!) Just follow it up with a really good nail/cuticle oil, and you’ll be golden.

So what say you now, friend? Are you ready to switch to #TeamAcetone? Or have I left you unconvinced? Let me know in the comments!

P.S. If you’re looking for a good remover, I LOVE this one.