Nail Gels & How to use them
How to use nail gels to prevent problems with your nails and everything else that nails has to do with it like UV nail Lamps and electric nail files.
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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The DownLow on Gel Nails
For those who love to have their fingernails decorated in nail art 24 hours a day, 7 days a
week, gel nail polish is the way to go. It is a relatively long term solution to constantly having to
repolish, remove polish, or touch up polish. Gel polish lasts at least 2 weeks, and is not prone to
chipping. While many argue that it is detrimental to your natural fingernails, they are partially
right, but mostly wrong. Of course there will be some damage, there always is; however, in case
you didn't know, everyday things such as doing the dishes, gardening, and soaking your fingers
in the bathtub for too long can do that as well.
Some choose acrylic nails to wear, but they have been proven to weaken and damage the
natural fingernail. Gel polishes are not healthy for your nails, but they have advantages to them
as well. In fact, the thick formula in gel polish protects the natural fingernails from being torn,
broken, peeled or snagged. Unfortunately, they contain a chemical that can cause an allergic
reaction in the form of a rash on any exposed skin. However, what most people will not tell you
is that a majority of nail polishes use this same ingredient. The difference is the incredibly strong
adhesive and the process in which the gel nail polish is baked on with an ultraviolet light.
The ultraviolet light of a UV Nail Lamp is often a source of worry for many users. They
are concerned it will increase their risk of certain types of cancer, but this is not at all correct.
The lights used in salons are equipped with filters that remove all UVB rays, which are the
cancercausing source. In addition, because the UVB rays have been removed, it is less harmful
than natural sunlight and only equivalent to an extra 1726 seconds than the average person
spends outside a day. Often, it takes longer to walk from your car into the supermarket for
groceries, or visa versa. Therefore, the theory that ultraviolet lights are full of skin damaging,
cancer causing rays is incorrect. It is a good thing too, because between each layer during the
process of applying the gel polish includes a few minutes under the blue light.
First, the nail technician will trim the cuticles, clip and file the nails and shape them as
usual. The cuticle is paid notable attention because if the adhesive or polish is applied to the
cuticle, it will lift it off of the nail and damage it, which is unhealthy for the fingernail. Next, the
nail is prepared with an adhesive that was specially designed for the durability of gel nail polish.
Once the adhesive has been applied, a base coat is painted on the nail and the fingers are left to
set for a few minutes under the heat of the ultraviolet lights. Once it has set and completely dried,
the polish is painted onto the nails and the top coat is applied as usual. The light is once again
brought out and the fingernails are left to sit, dry and harden. After the process is complete with
an electric nail file, the nails are ready to go. They are entirely finished and there is no fear of
smudging or smearing on your way out of the salon.
But because they are made to be so heavy duty, to remove gel nails you must either wait
for the natural nail to grow them off, for them to peel off from the cuticle up, or soak your
fingers in nail polish remover for 15 minutes. While none of these ways are preferable, for most
consumers the benefits outweigh the costs and they walk away with beautiful, durable nail art
that will last weeks.