3 Easy Ways You Can Remove Your Gel Manicure at Home
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What Is a Gel Manicure?
Although a gel manicure is similar to a basic manicure, instead of regular nail polish, gel nail polish is applied to the bare nail and cured under a UV lamp. If multiple layers of gel polish are applied, each layer needs to be cured under the UV light. There is no extra drying time after the nails cure under the UV light, which makes gel manicures both quick and convenient.
How Long Do Gel Nails Last?
Gel manicures can last anywhere from two to four weeks with the proper nail prep and care. To get the most out of your gel manicure, make sure you frequently lotion your nails, apply cuticle oil daily, and don't pick at the gel. Be gentle with your nails, and minimize your nails' exposure to hot water.
Potential Damage From Removing Gel Polish
You've probably already heard a million times on end that picking off your polish is a no-no, as tempting as it is, and we're not just telling you that for your health. According to celebrity nail artist Rita Remark, your nails can actually suffer from you picking off gel polish.
"The reason why manicurists stress this rule so frequently is because we can almost guarantee that you will be left with nail damage. This is because gels are formulated to bond much tighter to nails than traditional nail polish," she tells POPSUGAR. "It makes the manicure last much longer, but it requires a bit more patience to remove. I think it's a fair exchange."
How to Remove Gel Nail Polish at Home
If you're in a time crunch or just can't get to a salon to get your polish removed, read ahead for a few polish-removal tips you can follow at home.