Gel manicures can be beautiful and last very long but they are tough on nails. Continuous use of gel manicures can cause skin ageing, skin cancer and hair brittleness. To keep your nails healthy before, during and after a manicure here are some tips.
Nail polish holiday
Gel nail-polish defiantly has its advantages. Taking breaks between using gel nail polish will ensure that you are protected from more damage caused by gel. Consider taking a break for a few weeks to a month now and then.
It is important to be proactive with your manicurist and ensure that all appliances and tools are sterilised before use.
Applying sunscreen on your fingers will assist in ensuring that the damage caused by gel will not age your hands or lead to increased risk of skin cancer. It is recommended to use SPF 30 and up, on sunscreen before a manicure.
It does get tempting to pick at your nails the minute you see that they have stayed in for a while. The best thing to do is wait and remove your gel manicure from a manicurist to ensure less damage on the nail bed.
Rehydrate your nails
Between polishes, apply a moisturising product, such as petroleum jelly, to your nails and cuticles several times daily. This will minimise brittleness and help prevent your nails from chipping.