Gel manicures have become extremely popular. Gel nail polish can last 12 days or more1, making gel manicures an attractive option for budget conscious customers who want vibrant, lasting color. However, gel manicures come with tradeoffs.
Hidden inside most gel polishes are harsh chemicals that have the potential to damage your nail beds. If you insist on getting gel manicures, there are several steps you can take to help maintain proper nail health, both before and after your next gel manicure:
Tips to help repair your nails after a gel manicure:
- Give your nails a rest between polish changes so they have the ability to grow out naturally without interference from any harsh chemicals1
- Moisturize your nails as often as possible
- Apply SPF 30 sunblock to your fingers and/or toes before your treatment1 – this will help protect your skin from damage caused by UV drying lights used at many nail salons
- Keep your nails short to help prevent breaking2
- Avoid cutting your cuticles – they’re important to overall nail health and growth2
Additionally, it may be beneficial for you to use a nail strengthener such as prescription Nuvail™ (poly-ureaurethane, 16%). Nuvail™ is a unique, patented polymer that leaves a breathable, elegant, invisible film when applied to nails, which is indicated for managing signs and symptoms of nail dystrophy, i.e., nail splitting and nail fragility, for intact or damaged nails.
If you’re in need of treatment for damaged nails, talk to your physician about Nuvail™, or find a Nuvail™ prescribing physician near you.
1 – Refinery29.com – Gel Manicures: the Survival Guide
2 – Allure.com – So You Picked Off Your Gel Manicure. Now What?
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