Are gel manicures good for your nails?
Opting for regular nail polish sometimes seems like a waste since the colour easily chips off. One alternative, gel manicures, lasts much longer and generally costs more, too. It could be worth the investment if you avoid common mistakes and remember these things before your first gel manicure.
The benefits of gel nails
“The perks of a gel manicure include its longevity (often ten days or more!),” says Mabelyn Martin, creative director at Paintbox nail studio. Unlike regular polish, which can chip after two to three days, they’re borderline indestructible, which makes them ideal for weddings, special occasions and holidays. Plus, gel manicures cure in seconds, Martin explains, so you can leave the salon without worrying about smudging your manicure. She also adds that while the gel is on your nails, it’s like wearing a layer of protective armour that keeps your nails from breaking.
Be wary of UV light with gel manicures
The application of gel is not totally different from the application of a traditional polish, with the exception of the curing process under the UV-emitting lamps, according to dermatologist, Dr Chris G. Adigun. And therein lies the potential problem. “These lamps are not to be underestimated, even though the exposure times are brief,” Dr Adigun says. “They are very powerful and are emitting UVA rays far more powerful than those emitted by the sun.” She recommends purchasing a UVA-blocking sleeve, and bringing it to the nail salon to wear while your gel polish is curing. LED lights are actually no safer than traditional fluorescent UV lamps. In fact, according to Dr Adigun, they emit exponentially more powerful UVA rays, which is why the curing times are shorter.