Gel nails are a great simple way to walk into a salon and leave quickly as the nails dry instantly, allowing you to move on with your daily activities. But, is the speed worth the detriment it causes to your nails?
Effects of Gel Nails
Gel pedicures can cause your nails to become brittle, peel and crack. Furthermore, the constant usage of gel nails could lead to skin cancer. If insisting on using gel nails for ﬁngers and toes, Dr. Mark Forman DPM, M.B.A., FAPWCA strongly suggests taking breaks in between salon visits. Eight weeks in between is a standard average of avoiding gel nails to allow your nails to regrow and become healthy again.
Dr. Forman and his excellent team at Put Your Feet First, strongly recommend avoiding gel nails altogether. The repercussions are not worth the long-lasting wear.
There are alternatives to gel nails that are healthier for you including regular polish and even dip powder. Although dip powder is better than gel nails, it is paramount to recognize that polish-free is the healthiest choice for your ﬁnger and toenails.
Difference Between Gel and Dip Powder
Dr. Mark Forman states that dip powder and gel nails both can damage your nails. Nails need to breathe and by coating them, they lose access to oxygen which makes them at risk to become brittle. Put Your Feet First recognizes the desire to beautify your hands and feet, and therefore, strongly suggests using a regular polish with a base coat.
To maintain healthy nails, Dr. Forman insists on letting your nails breathe naturally and giving them decent breaks between polish. Additionally, continue trimming, ﬁling, and cuticle-cutting when necessary. Like any other body part, your toes deserve the time to be natural and have access to oxygen to keep them healthy.
If you have any further questions, please contact us at 480.423.8400 to schedule an appointment or visit us online at: Put Your Feet First. Please schedule an appointment and let us help you put your feet ﬁrst!