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Does Gel Nail Polish Damage Your Nails?

by MEiiYO Beauty 07 Jan 2023
Woman preparing hands for gel nail polish

There are so many reasons to want gel nail polish manicures. They are not only incredibly beautiful but are long lasting (you can have a fresh set of gel nails for up to 2 weeks without any chipping or grow out). 

However gel nail polish manicures can cause brittle nails, cracking and peeling so there are some precautions to take to insure you keep your nails healthy especially when you are doing your nails at home.

Make sure your tools are sterilized

When you are getting your nails done with your manicurist make sure they are sterilizing their tools and disinfecting them after each client. 

When you are doing your nails at home make sure you disinfect your tools as well after each use.

Use Quality Gel Nail Polish

You want to make sure you are using high quality gel nail polish that will coat evenly, won't chip or wrinkle after curing it under the UV lamp.

Only Soak Your Fingertips in Acetone

When it's time to remove your gel nail polish you should only soak your fingertips in acetone instead of your whole fingers to protect the surrounding skin. A more commonly used option is to soak cotton balls in acetone and wrap them around your fingertips with aluminum foil.

Take a Break

Dermatologists recommend taking a nail holiday between manicures to let your nails repair. Sometimes giving yourself too long of a break simply isn't an option so you should apply a moisturizing product to your nails to prevent brittleness and chipping.

Switch to Regular Nail Polish

If you are experiencing nail problems when removing gel nail polish (usually sensitivity to acetone) then consider switching to traditional nail polish.

Gel Nail Polish Takeaways

Keep your nails and cuticles moisturized to prevent brittleness and cracking

Soak only your fingertips in acetone

If your skin becomes irritated from acetone take a gel nail polish break or opt for regular nail polish instead.

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