How Do I Treat My Nails After Gel Polish?

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 does it take for nails to recover from gel?

It takes about three to six months for nails to grow out completely, erasing these white spots. Give your nails a break from gel to allow the nail plate time to recover. You can smooth and harden the nail during the process with a base coat that has a gelatin matrix.

Should you give your 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.

What should I put on my nails after removing acrylics?

You can treat this area with cuticle oil, Vitamin E or aloe vera. Keeping your hands and nails hydrated is that much more important when your nails are in a weak state. Sunshine says to keep your cuticles moistened, hydrate your hands with lotion and drink lots of water.

How can I repair my nails after acrylics?


  1. Trim back weak nails to prevent breakage.
  2. File your nails in one direction only.
  3. Buff your nails once a week.
  4. Keep your hands moisturized with hand creams.
  5. Rub a cuticle oil with jojoba oil in it around your nails.
  6. Try a nail hardener to protect your nails.
  7. Wait for your nails to grow back in.