The Truth About Gel Manicures

It happens to the most patient of us…You just stepped out of the nail salon, and go to put your keys in the ignition, and BAM! You scrape your newly manicured nails against the dash, leaving a giant gash in your fresh mani!

Or, you get a mani the day before a big event, and by the time you’re dressed, you already have chips on your fingertips!

All it takes are one or two disastrous episodes to persuade you to try a gel manicure. Gel polish dries in minutes and never chips. Sure, it costs a little more, but having durable shiny polish for two weeks or longer seems worth it, right?

Well, it’s always a good idea to look before you leap, so let’s look more closely at the ins and outs of gel manicures.

The Dark Side of Nail Polishgel mani

In general, wearing polish non-stop without giving your nails an occasional breather can have negative health effects:

  • dehydration and thinning of the nail plate
  • inability to detect fungal infections and even tumors
  • restricted exchange of oxygen to the nail plate
  • ongoing exposure to the “toxic trio” of nail polish found in some brands: formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate (DBP)

The Trouble with Gels

While a gel mani can look awesome when you step out of the salon, beware the peel…the point where the gel begins to peel away from your nail bed as it grows, leaving a gap for water to get in, and creating an ideal environment for bacteria and fungus. What’s more, rather than chipping off like traditional nail polish, gel tends to come off in one chunk. When it pulls away from the nail bed, the temptation is to pull it all the way off, along with the top layers of your nail, which can take months of healthy growth to repair.

Another questionable facet of gel polish is the reliance on Ultra Violet lamps to “cure” the polish, making it harden and dry quickly. UV lamps are not regulated, and the amount of UV exposure from one lamp to another can vary. Some manufacturers try to skirt the UV issue by using UVA instead, to speed up the process, but UVA waves are higher in intensity, and may be just as damaging.

If you manage to resist the urge to peel off your gel and make it to the salon for removal, the soaking-off process can be just as harmful. Gel is removed by soaking your nails in foil-wrapped acetone, leaving them dry and brittle. Once the polish is off, your manicurist may scrape and buff the nail plate, leaving your nails even thinner and more damaged.

Treat Your Nails with TLC

Of course you’re not going to give up nail color altogether! But following a few simple rules will keep your nails strong, healthy and beautiful:

  • Do not get back-to-back gel manis. Give your nails a break in between gel polish applications by using nail strengthening products like Duri’s Rejuvacote 1, and toxic trio-free Rejuvacote 2. With regular application, you will repair damage from excess polish and have strong healthy nourished nails that are stand-alone beautiful!
  • Substitute UV gel treatments with Duri’s Durilaq nail polish line, giving you a gel-like effect with no UV lamp needed! Durilaq gel lacquer nail polish stays on like gel, without chipping. Durilaq is 5-free, so you can avoid the negative health hazards of a gel manicure while enjoying the same beauty and durability.

Durilaq nail polish line

The technicians at Duri are devoted to giving you superior nail products in a chic array of shades for every occasion in your life. Treat your nails to some TLC with Duri!

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