Question: Do Gel Nails Ruin Your Real Nails?

Gel manicures can weaken your nails.

Whether or not you opt for a gel or traditional polish formula, the truth is that regular manis of any kind can weaken your natural nails.

“The manicure process can lead to dehydration and thinning of the nail plate,” says Dr.

Adigun.

Do gel nails damage your real nails?

The good news is that gel nail polish itself will not hurt your nails. Picking at gel polish, however, can harm your nails. If you pick at the polish and peel it up, you will inevitably peel away part of your natural nail, leaving it thin and weak.

Should I give my nails a break from gel?

Gel polish should come off easily after soaking — at most, your manicurist should use the gentle prodding of an orange-wood stick. Both doctors recommend taking gel mani-moons, or weeklong breaks from the treatments, at least once every eight weeks.

How can I strengthen my nails after gel?

A Step-by-Step Guide to Helping Your Nails Recover After a Gel Manicure

  • Trim Your Nails. Longer nails are more prone to breaking with everyday activities (like trying to pry that stubborn lid off your Tupperware).
  • Gently Buff Them.
  • Moisturize Often.
  • Use a Nail Treatment.
  • Leave Your Cuticles Alone.

How long do gel nails last?

two weeks

Which is better gel or acrylic?

Gel nails have a more natural look with a glossy finish. Unlike acrylics, if the nails are primed correctly, there is no damage to the nail bed. Gel nails cure faster than acrylic nails since they are cured under UV light. Gel nails are also more flexible than acrylic nails.

Can you get cancer from gel nails?

The UV lights used to cure, or dry, gel polish have some consumers concerned about the risk for skin cancer. “However, the amount of limited exposure during a gel manicure is unlikely to increase the risk of skin cancer significantly.”

Are dip nails better than gel?

Compared to gel and classic nail polishes, dip nails “are a lot quicker of a process than gel,” nail artist Harli G notes. “The dip treatment provides a thicker level of protection to natural nails, and it typically lasts three to four weeks, whereas normal polish last one to two weeks.”

Should you let your nails breathe?

“Nails do not need to ‘breathe,” says Dr. Dana Stern, an NYC dermatologist and nail specialist who also has her own line of nail care products and polishes. “This is a myth! Nails receive their nutrients, oxygen, and blood supply from the blood stream and not from the air.”

Why are my nails so thin after gel?

Post-Gel Problem #3: Your nails are peeling and flaking away. Nails are made up of dead skin, particularly a protein called keratin (which is the same thing that makes up hair). “[Nails] can become dry and brittle (just like hair after too much color or styling),” says Saunders.