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Gel polish a good choice for nails

What do you prefer gel or acrylic? Gel polish doesn’t harm your nails, especially if you don’t peel your nails. It’s easy to start peeling your nails, when the polish starts to lift up on the corner of the nail. Usually that’s a sign it’s time to see a manicurist.

Acrylic is more durable and great for people that have short nails. Gel polish, on the other hand, is great for people that have nails that grow nicely.

When you peel the gel off your nails, it removes layers of the top nail, which can make your natural nails thin and brittle. Mary Beth Zanders, who operates out of Salon Fusion, says that gel for the nails is considered “extended wear polish”. Which is why gel nails usually last for two to three weeks. Gel nails also tend to have a more natural look.

When you get gel nails, it takes about an hour for the gel polish process, which includes the polishing and setting or curing the nails under a ultraviolet light lamp. Zanders said the UV light bulbs have a very low wattage.

The UV bulbs quick-dry the gel polish on the nails. The length of time it takes to dry the polish under the UV lamps is usually about six minutes, Zanders said.

Gel nails usually last about 2-3 weeks before they start to wear or chip off. Gel polish should be removed properly so it doesn’t damage the nail bed. There are many gel colors available in matte or shiny. Gel nails can also be applied on the toes for a longer lasting polish. Gel polish are flexible, take on the shape of the nails and are very easy on the hands.

Gel polish is removed with acetone. It’s better to let a professional remove artificial nails or gel polish. If nails are damaged it can make regrowth a long and painful process. If an allergic reaction is experienced, seek medical treatment. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, infections of the fingernails or toe nails are often characterized by swelling of the surrounding skin, pain in the surrounding area, or thickening of the nail. In some cases, these infections maybe serious and require treatment by a physician.

The CDC also says long nails have the potential to harbor more dirt and bacteria than short nails, thus potentially contributing to the spread of infection.

The CDC recommends keeping finger nails short to prevent possible spread of infection. The CDC also says to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds and to scrub the underside of nails with soap and water each time you wash your hands.

Gel nails are easy to keep clean by scrubbing under the nails because the polish is applied to the natural nail.

Dairlyn Brown is a nurse in Warner Robins.