Nail polish removers can be categorized into two types: acetone and non-acetone formulas. Acetone-based removers are generally faster at removing polish (and are required for taking off gels or acrylics). They’re especially effective at stripping your nails of polish quickly, but in doing so, they can also strip them of moisture.
If you have dry or brittle nails that are prone to peeling, you might want to opt for a non-acetone remover instead. Whereas a non-acetone formula may require a bit more patience (and rubbing) to get your polish off than an acetone-based one, they’re much gentler and less drying on your nails and the surrounding skin.
Beyond those two categories, there are a hundred and one options to choose from, so we’ll walk you through five of our tried-and-true favorites ahead.