Gel nail polish and gel-based manicures are trending. While gel top coats are required over colored-tip acrylic nails, it is ideal to steer clear of this process. Ask the nail artist to simply paint a color onto the tip rather than using the pre-fabricated colored tips. The information here will help you understand the single benefit of gel nail polish and the multiple reasons not to use it.
Good for Short Term Applications
If you have an event or special occasion coming up, gel nail polish is a good idea. It is a tougher protectant than other top coat or base polishes. The makeup of gel polish helps it to last longer and be more resistant to chipping.
Another benefit is that the gel draws out dimension in designs either air brushed or hand painted onto the fingernails.
Dangerous Health Concerns
There are dangerous health concerns associated with gel nail polish. The first is the exposure to UV light. This polish requires a special lighting system to quickly and properly harden the polish. The UV lights can damage your skin. To help prevent this, wear hand cream or sunscreen on your hands.
Another danger is not being able to see what’s under the polish. You won’t be able to see your nails discoloring or getting ripples in your nails from the chemicals. The fact of the matter is that this type of polish doesn’t allow your fingernails to breathe. The chemicals in the polish damage the nail surface, and results in a long healing process.
While this gel nail polish is all the rage, it does more harm than good. If you only plan to leave the gel polish on for a couple of days, it’s fine. Don’t make a habit of using this polish or you’re likely to end up with fragile, unhealthy and discolored nails that take over a year to rejuvenate.