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You know the current trend on gel nails, and now many companies market their nail colors being as close to gel nails, well here is a little intro on gel nails, if you are pro at it, then this article goes out to ladies who flaunt gel nails, but are a little troubled by the problems gel nails pose, read some tips on how to prevent gel nail problems 🙂
Gel nails are brushed onto your nails, nail tips,after which you must put your nails under ultraviolet (UV) light for up to two minutes to “cure” or harden the product.
This manicure method, when compared to an acrylic nails looks very close to a natural beautiful nail. Gel nails typically last for about 10-12 days.When looking into gel nails there are two main types, “soak-offs” and “file-offs. The removal for both is different.
If you chose soak off ones, you need to soak your nails in acetone to remove them, acetone dries nails and irritates the skin around the nail. Again, there have been reports of skin cancer risk from the UV exposure, though you’re not getting exposed to a lot of UV light per session.
The coat on your nail grows out with your natural nails. With gel nails on, you could get an infection in your nail bed if by accident you hit a hard surface or your nails get cuaght somewhere (we dread this for toe nails isnt it?) due to which your gel nail might lift entire nail off.So here is the issue, the natural nail might not come off totally but be just the right place for a bacterial infection in such a state.
If you do love gel nails, get it done professionally, taking them off on your own will minimize your basic problem.
Never peel off your artificial nails. This would be like peeling a layer of your natural nail, since they are meant to sit on your natural nail like a layer.
Pay the price of going to a pro, if your nail technician isn’t experienced, she can file your nail plate too thin when applying gels or acrylics, which can damage your nails.
Make sure your salon has the right tools to disinfect tools, and they must never use the same tools with different clients, just like your regular manicure or pedicure, the tools must be thoroughly sterilized. Make sure your artist has clean sanitized hands before they begin.
as with your regular manicure, the cuticles are prone to infection, when at the salon, insist leaving your cuticles alone, you dont want an infection breeding in the nail bed and cuticle.
Learn the after care at the salon, just like your tattoo 😛 (I remember mine) never try to repair and mend a rip off you have, which might lead to an infection.
When getting gel manicures, wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen on your hands to minimize damage caused by exposure to UV light.
Keep your hands and nails moisturized throughout the day with petro jelly, hand cream to your nails remain strong.If you get gel manicures frequently, consider buying finger wraps that expose only the nails and protect surrounding skin.
If using the soak off gel nails, soak only the nails, not the whole hand or fingers, in acetone while nail polish is being removed.
Once in a while use a regular polish, take a break from gel nails, let your nails breathe, without a layer on top of them,just like you would let your skin breathe without the foundation, or just let your hand cream soak in, like you would do with your face cream.:)
Raise your voice at the salon if something hurts or looks unusual or if you think you are not in the hands of a safe artist.
See a dermatologist at the first signs of any thing suspicious. 🙂