Gel manicures have become all the rage in the past year, and itâ€™s no wonder why! What other polishes can brag about a two week wear time? Yet with all the great things about gel manicures, thereâ€™s also rumors of serious long term effects, too. So whatâ€™s real and whatâ€™s not? Are gel manicures really safe? Weâ€™ll discover the answer to all these questions and more! Let us know in the comments if youâ€™ve ever gotten a gel manicure, or if you ever plan to do so!
What is a gel manicure? Also sometimes known as a gelish, these special manicures have been offered at salons across the country. The manicurist applies a layer of polish to the fingers and then â€œcuresâ€ said polish using UV lights for about ten minutes. The end result is near-perfect color that can last for two weeks or more and doesnâ€™t chip; the common phrase is that you could slam your fingers against the wall and still have perfect nails.
Itâ€™s easy to see, then, why so many women are trying out this new manicure. No chips and long wear for about the same cost as applying acrylic nails? Sign me up. Not only that, but weâ€™re starting to see gel manicure sets sell as an at-home product, so gelish junkies can actually do it themselves.
Itâ€™s not that simple though. Unfortunately, there are a few misconceptions surrounding this amazing-sounding process. First, many women believe that gel manicures are better for your nails than acrylics, which can be very damaging to the nail. Removing a gelish manicure isnâ€™t really that much better; when youâ€™re ready to try a new color, you have to book another appointment and soak nails in acetone for 10 minutes. Plus, many women have reported dryness of nail beds and even fungi after getting a gel manicure.
Even worse: by now youâ€™ve probably at least heard the rumors that gel manicures can lead to cancer. But is it true? Sadly, most scientists agree that repeated application of gel nails can lead to skin cancer. Why? The UV lights used emitted the same rays as tanning beds or the sun. All that repeated exposure can lead to skin cancer, and even worse, if youâ€™re constantly painting your nails, you may not notice growth under the nails until itâ€™s too late.
So what does this mean for you? Should we all stop getting gel manicures, or is the risk of skin cancer worth it for beautiful nails? Itâ€™s really only a question you can answer, but itâ€™s important to know all the risks involved. Talk to your dermatologist or favorite manicurist before your first application to make sure youâ€™re making the best decision for you.
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Written by Courtney Brown