People are all abuzz about the gel manicure, which lasts longer than regular nail polish and doesn’t chip. But do you know what really goes into the gel manicure process?
First, gel manicure polish is applied and “cured” under ultraviolet (UV) light. To take the gel manicure polish off, you have to soak the fingernails in acetone for 15 minutes. Newsflash: Acetone can cause serious skin irritation that’s not so pretty.
Need more reasons why you might want to stay away from the gel manicure? Take a look at these, from the American Academy of Dermatology.
- Cancer, skin irritation and weaker nails. Is that what you want from your mani? Regular UV exposure can lead to skin cancer.
- Acetone is a skin irritant linked to an allergic reaction called contact dermatitis.
- Gel manicures can cause nail weakness, brittleness and thinning.
- Nails continuously covered in polish mask potential problems, such as infections.
A California initiative is encouraging nail salons to only offer “big three” toluene, dibutyl phthalate and formaldehyde free products—for the safety of the salon worker, as well as the client. (The “fourth” is formaldehyde resin.)
But to be 100% sure your nails are healthy, you could simply just go au naturale.
Photo: Prestige Smile and Beauty
Editor’s note: We’ve had many inquiries about more natural gel manicures, and it took a while but I found one that really works! SpaRitual’s new Gold collection is super easy to apply–no base coat, two coats of polish and their special bonding SpaRitual Gold Collection Nail Lacquer Top Coat. It cures with sunlight (hence the wrapped bottle), so no UV needed, and comes off with regular remover. And the colors are amazing–I’m especially obsessed with shimmery dark violet Strong and the plummy eggplant Shrewd. As with all SpaRitual products, the line is Big Five free and vegan. Take a look and if you find a more natural gel manicure that works for you, please leave me a comment so I can check it out. Thanks!