Quick Answer: Does Nail Gel Damage Your 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.

Are gels bad for your nails?

The polish sets with exposure to ultraviolet light. The downside with gel manicures stems from the crucial UV-curing step. A recent study found that the cumulative damage from the light frequencies the nail lamps emit can cause DNA damage to the skin that can result in premature aging and possibly cancer.

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 do I treat 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.

Is Hard gel bad for your nails?

The thin layer of hard gel remains so the natural nail is never filed. This eliminates the need for acetone (which can be very drying to the nails and cuticles). It makes removal quicker, but it does not damage the natural nail in any way because the thin layer of hard gel protects the natural nail.