After nail art, gel manicure seems to be the next big thing that’s arousing the interest of young ladies out there, and why not? With its convenience of letting nails stay the way they are- beautiful and smart for as long as 4 weeks without chipping off can sound really tempting, especially for women who lead fast-paced lives and don’t really have the time to spare to care for their nails.
But before you go out and give it a try, here are 8 super important things you must know about- just to reconsider your decision.
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What is a Gel Manicure?
Gel manicure is basically like a nail polish that promises to stay on for a longer while than regular nail polish without chipping off. You may find two variations for a gel manicure- one version is where a synthetic nail will be applied to your natural nail using a gel mixture, while another version basically uses a long stay nail polish that is hardened under UV light.
Lasts Longer than Regular Polish
One of the best benefits of getting a gel manicure is that you’ll be able to flaunt off those gorgeous nails for as long as 4 weeks without having to do touch ups every few days, which will definitely save you a lot of effort and time.
But your Nails Need to Breathe
The obvious downside to this nail procedure is that your nails will be covered with a chemical based mixture for the entire time, and in general, your nails should be exposed to natural air atleast once in every 2 weeks. The thick coat of the polish used for this procedure doesn’t allow oxygen to get to the nail, which can also possibly lead to yellowing of the nails.
The UV Light Scare
Another major downside to the gel manicure procedure is that you’ll need to place your fingers in a box which will expose UV light to your nails, causing the nail polish to harden and set. Exposure to UV light has already been linked to an increased risk of cancer, which puts a major damper on this appealing nail procedure.
Plus, it has also been found that frequent exposure to UV light can cause the development of dark spots on your nails and fingers, and may also cause premature ageing.
Once it Starts to Peel
As if that’s not enough, the thick layer of the gel manicure will start to peel off from the edges in a few weeks, which may tempt you to rip it off. And if you do do that, you’ll possibly end up ripping off a layer of your nail too, and will most likely discover dry nails underneath- not so good. To add to that, all that thinning and weakening of the nails can make it more prone to damage, which can in turn, cause your nail to chip off, and you may have to say goodbye to your carefully maintained long nails.
And the Cuticle Dryness
If that’s not all, you’ll also experience cuticle dryness if your wear the gel nail polish for an extended period, which will need you to be extra careful of your nails, and have to maintain them as well.
The Horrible Removal Process
If you’ve done a gel manicure earlier, you already know how horrible the removal process can be- don’t try to rip off the gel covering yourself, you’ll just end up damaging your nails. Basically, you’ll need to revisit the salon and have your nails soaked in acetone for atleast 10 minutes, which is quite toxic and can leave your nails and fingers dry. What’s more, you will also need to undergo a procedure where the gel will be scraped off from your nails- not good!
Things to Keep Note
Okay, so we’ve scared you enough, but that doesn’t mean you must NOT go for a gel manicure. It is okay to get the treatment done once in a while- if you’ve got a special occasion coming up or are going on a holiday or a vacation.
Just make sure you keep your fingers moisturized and protected, which will prevent dryness and keep them from breaking. Use a good quality hand moisturizer and massage it over your fingernails before going to bed every night.
Allow your nails to get some time off before you get another gel manicure done.