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Q: What is the best nail polish remover? I heard Tony and Tina have a one that contains botanicals. Is it better to use a polish of this type rather than something I buy at the drugstore?

A: Thank you for your question. To be honest, I don't see the point in spending a lot of money on polish removers. I'm sure Tony and Tina is a great brand and the part botanical oils/part remover is a great concept, but using your favorite hand cream or cuticle cream after removing old polish would work just as well to moisturize dry cuticles. I've tried the T&T brand before and I found it didn't do anything that any other nail polish remover can do.

There are many lower-end brands of nail polish remover that are just as good as pricier brands like Tony and Tina or Nailtiques. My favorites are Sally Hansen and Cutex. If you have natural nails you may want to use a non-acetone formula as acetone can be harsh on the nails. If you have artificial wraps or tips, you must use non-acetone polish remover because acetone can erode or even "melt" the nail tip or wrap. Both Cutex and Sally Hansen make moisturizing formulas with ingredients like vitamin E as well as nail strengthening formulas because nails can be left very dry after removing nail polish. It's always best to follow up with hand or cuticle cream.

Hope this helps!

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