Think Twice Before Getting Another Powder Gel Manicure

Beware of powder gel manicures photoWe know how frustrating it is to sit in the nail salon for hours, painstakingly waiting until your manicurist has completed your full set before looking down and realizing that you’ve smudged your nails.

Powder dip manicures — one of Pinterest’s top trends for 2019 — boast long-lasting manicures that won’t crack or smudge. This trend has taken over most nail salons.

We are well aware of the pros of this nail polish alternative, but what about the cons? Here’s a breakdown of what you should know before you request a dipped manicure.

1. There’s No Harmless UV light

While the UV light isn’t a concern so much for skin cancer under the nail because light does not penetrate the nail completely, it’s risky because the tops of the hands arebeing exposed to UV light that over the long term could be very detrimental.

A study from the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that during the gel manicure UV drying process, one’s hands take in an energy dose equal to the daylong recommended limit for outdoor workers.

2. A Longer-Lasting Mani Can Be Damaging To The Nail Beds

Powder gels have garnered favor because of how long they can maintain their integrity. There’s often not a chip, break, or smudge for up to five weeks.

But that longevity can actually be a detriment to the health of the natural nails. Problems under the nail or the skin around the nail are often hidden away under the pretty manicure and go longer without being detected.

3. Dipping Nails Into Powder Can Cause Harmful Infections

Often, manicurists push up their clients’ cuticle, trim the dead skin, clean the nails tobeing exposed to UV light that over the long term could be very detrimental.

A study from the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that during the gel manicure UV drying process, one’s hands take in an energy dose equal to the daylong recommended limit for outdoor workers.

2. A Longer-Lasting Mani Can Be Damaging To The Nail Beds

Powder gels have garnered favor because of how long they can maintain their integrity. There’s often not a chip, break, or smudge for up to five weeks.

But that longevity can actually be a detriment to the health of the natural nails. Problems under the nail or the skin around the nail are often hidden away under the pretty manicure and go longer without being detected.

3. Dipping Nails Into Powder Can Cause Harmful Infections

Often, manicurists push up their clients’ cuticle, trim the dead skin, clean the nails topowder and e-file the rest of the residue off.

This is harmful for many reasons. For one, soaking nails in acetone for long periods of time can thin out the nail and irritate the skin around the nail. This makes the nail lose layers and lose strength. It’s more prone to breaking and splitting, which could be uncomfortable.

It can also result in nail dehydration. Acetone soaks are extremely drying to the nail and cuticle and can cause brittleness. Additionally, aggressive removal with filing or scraping the surface of the nail can result in nail plate thinning and consequential weakness.

With the use of acetone to take off both gel and powder dip manicures causing dehydrated, brittle nails and the added use of an electronic file during removal, this manicure method is a lot less healthy. Not to mention unsanitary.

Overall, normal gel and acrylic manicures pose fewer health threats.

After removal, we suggest giving your nails a break for at least a week and nourish the nail beds with vitamin oil at night. At minimum, layer the nails with petroleum jelly.

We hope this helps you make an informed decision the next time you make a trip to the nail salon!

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