Are Gel Manicures Bad For Nails? The Experts Weigh In
As a woman who loves to have her nails looking fresh and clean throughout the week, I often reach deep into my pockets and shell out the extra cash for a gel manicure. What appeals to me the most is that I can't mess up a gels for a good two weeks. Normal polish chips, cracks, and peels within the first few hours that I leave the salon, unless I try really hard not to use my hands until the polish is fully dry.
But over the past few years of opting in this nail look so that I didn't have to run back to the salon for a polish change or a fresh manicure once a week, I've heard comments from friends and read articles about how gel is bad for your nails and your skin. Finally, deciding to dig into the research, I chatted with a handful of beauty and skincare experts to find out what really happens to your hands and nails when you decide to get gel at the salon.
While I initially thought the only good thing about getting a gel manicure was that it was long-lasting, there could be another reason to consider that type of polish over the standard kind: it can actually give your nails a health boost.
Dasha Minina, CEO and founder of Maxus Nail, says that the gel coating on top of the nail provides a benefit that people might not know about. "The gel coating on top of the nail serves as a barrier from excess water absorption," she said. "Nails are extremely porous by nature and absorb water like a sponge. The more water, the softer the nail, and the more likely it is to peel and break."
Now, for the bad news.
What kind of damage, if any, are you doing to your nails, your hands, and even your body by getting a gel manicure? After talking to a handful of dermatologists and beauty experts, here are three side effects you should keep in mind.