Gel polish is appealing for its rock hard, shiny, and enduring nature. But can a gel manicure ultimately be damaging the health of your nails?
Gel nail polish is made up of acrylic monomers and oligomers that are joined together when exposed to UV light. This exposure to UV light has raised concerns about its effects on the both the health of your nails and body, but gel polish cannot be dried without UV light. Some people are particularly sensitive to UV light – such as people with certain medical conditions or certain genetic characteristics, and are advised to avoid this process.
Weak or brittle nails in particular will become even more weakened by the gel manicure process, and may not be able to withstand it. Acetone is commonly used in the process of removing the polish, which can further damage the nails and dehydrate them.
Dermatologist Dr. Chris Adigun states that people should be cautious of the UVA rays emitted by the UV lamps, as they penetrate the skin and can potentially lead to premature ageing and increase the risk of skin cancer, especially when used repetitively.
When you pick or scratch at your gel manicure it is extremely likely that multiple layers of the nail is being ripped off with it. This can make nails considerably thinner and weaker.
Luckily, Dazzle Dry nail polish dries like gel nail polish would, meaning you can have the shine, endurance, and appearance of a gel manicure without all the hassle and damage.