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How to Look After Your Nails Following a Gel Manicure

Gel manicures and pedicures are being increasingly popular due to their long lasting and versatile nature. Here’s how to look after your nails following a gel nail treatment.

With so many different nail treatments to choose from, it can be difficult to know just what product is best to use. However, gel manicures and pedicures are becoming increasingly popular because this type of polish offers incredible benefits, including:

  • Longer lasting results (up to 4 weeks)
  • It dries very quickly and so isn’t prone to smudges
  • Patients are able to experiment with different colors and designs
  • They still look and feel like natural nails

Unlike acrylic nails which can be quite rigid, gel polish is applied in thin layers during your manicure and pedicure, allowing the nail to bend easily and look more natural.


Gel Manicures and Pedicures in Edmonton

At Glo Skin and Med Spa, we offer a wide range of affordable, quality, and trendy nail care services, from gel polish application to express pedicures and signature manicures. Whatever your aesthetic preferences, we have the expertise, equipment, and know-how to meet all your nail care needs.

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Top 5 Nail Care Tips Following Your Gel Manicure and Pedicure

There is no doubt that gel manicures and pedicures provide incredible aesthetic benefits, but getting this treatment repeatedly can cause your nails to become weak and damaged. The good news? You don’t have to swear off gel polish forever!

Here are some simple healthy nail tips to keep away common post-gel woes:


1. Keep Your Nails Hydrated

Gel polish can be very drying and may even lead to brittle nails. To ensure that your nails stay healthy and strong, whatever type of polish you use, you must make sure that they are properly hydrated. You should consider:

  • Soaking your nails in Vitamin E oil before your gel manicure or pedicure
  • Using cuticle oil every day as part of your daily beauty regimen
  • Giving your nails a break from polish from time to time
  • Using some vaseline or moisturizer on your cuticles before you go to bed

By following these simple tips, you will protect your cuticles from looking dry and rough and ensure that they stay strong and healthy.


2. Invest in a Good Basecoat

If you have frequent gel manicures or pedicures, you must invest in a good pre-gel treatment base coat and take it with you every time you visit the salon. Ask your manicurist to use that basecoat to ensure an extra level of protection against the chemicals in the polish.


3. Keep Your Nails Short

When you are doing gel manicures, it’s often recommended that you keep your nails neat and short. This is because gel polish tends to soften nails, leaving them thin and prone to breaking off or sagging. Keeping them short will help you avoid broken or infected nails.


4. Protect Your Skin From UV Rays

A gel manicure treatment hardens the nail polish using UV light, so make sure to apply some sunscreen before your appointment. While your exposure to this light will be very short, it’s still important to do everything you can to protect your skin and nails from excessive drying and premature photoaging.


5. Always Remove Your Gel Polish at the Salon

Towards the end of the 4 weeks, it can be tempting to start peeling off your gel manicure, but you MUST avoid this. Peeling off the layers of polish can cause serious damage to your nail beds, so always opt to remove it at the salon.

Your manicurist has the tools and expertise to remove this polish safely and quickly. After he/she has removed the polish and you notice that your nails are looking a little weak or brittle, consider a strengthening treatment and give your nails a break from the polish so they can recuperate.


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To find out more about the costs and benefits of our gel manicures and pedicures, and to learn about our other cosmetic treatments, including facial rejuvenation, Juvederm, and Botox, visit our Edmonton spa at Terra Losa Shopping Centre, 17026 95 Ave NW, Edmonton, Alberta, T5T 5R5.

Alternatively, you can contact us at (780) 481-9772 or fill out our online contact form.

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