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Gel nail polish – rad or bad?

Gel nail polish – rad or bad?Image Credit: Supplied

For a woman whose entire day gets ruined by the sight of a chipped nail polish, gel (or gelish, if you please) manicures (and pedicures) are a heaven-sent. The latest craze to hit nail bars all over the world seems to have put every lady in a dilemma: gel or regular manicure? But, somehow, the choice is obvious.

The process involves cleaning and buffing the nails, just like in a regular mani-pedi, followed by the application of a base coat. The first coat of gel polish is then applied and ''cured'' under a UV lamp. The ''curing'' process exposes the nails to UV light thrice during the entire procedure, which takes about 45 minutes to an hour.

Several women favor gel nails because they purportedly last longer, i.e. up to three weeks, and are chip-resistant. This translates to lesser trips to the salon, and although gel manicures are more expensive than the regular one, they are still considered cost-effective. In the UAE, gel mani-pedis run from about Dh200 or more.

On the flip side, however, the nagging question remains: is gel nail polish safe? Studies and reports reveal that gel manicures reportedly pose more harm than good. They can cause damage to the nails, the nail bed and the surrounding skin, and can mask any nail diseases or disorders. Reports further state that because gel nail polish is dried under UV light, one may be at a higher risk for skin cancer.

Dermatologists and experts thus advise gel manicure fans to slap on sunscreen on the hands before going to the salon. They also suggest skipping the regular gel sessions and switching back to traditional nail polish once a nail problem occurs.

Handy Hints:

• Gel nails are purported to last up to three weeks.

• Gel polish is applied and cured under a UV lamp.

• Put sunscreen on the hands before application.

Source: Special to Classifieds