Are Your Gel Nails a Health Risk?
I get so frustrated with my manicures. Since I am at the keyboard most of the day, my nails tend to look awful. In fact, I can go and get my nails done and have the color completely chipped off the top within 24 hours.
The only reason I get the manicures is that I go to an awesome salon that pampers me completely, gives me hand massages, and keeps me in Mimosas while I am there. It’s down time I don’t get at any other time.
My husband is my personal assistant and he makes my appointments for me. A few months ago, he surprised me with a gel manicure rather than the normal one. I chose my signature crimson red and my manicurist got to work. Afterward I had gorgeous, shiny nails — they looked amazing. Best of all they lasted for two full weeks before they started chipping.
I don’t get gel nails because I dislike the fact that I can’t just use remover to take the polish off. I ended up picking at it and screwing up a layer of nail. It may be a good thing that I don’t care for this method, too.
Some dermatologists are concerned that the chemicals in the polish can cause peeling, dryness, and brittleness in your nail. These problems may lead to infections. Their other concern is the UV light used to dry the polish. The researches believe it increases the possibility of skin cancer.
They suggest that gel polish be used for special occasions and regular manicures be used in between times — at least until there are more studies done.
And I’m looking on the bright side. I get to go and relax more often than if I had a manicure that lasted a couple of weeks.