Is Shellac the Perfect Manicure?
If you want color on your fingernails, you have to be one thing above all with conventional nail polish: be patient. It takes a while for the base coat, paint layer and top coat to dry. And the reward for this effort usually lasts two to three days. With some paints maybe up to a week. How beautiful the promise of Shellac and other gel lacquers sounds: zero drying time, flawless shine, absolute scratch resistance – and that for up to four weeks. Does that mean we can all switch to Shellac and save ourselves the weekly manicure?
Are gel polishes gentler than artificial nails?
Gel varnishes are cured using UV or LED lamps. After brushing and drying, the varnish is not only immediately dry and scratch-resistant, but also firmly attached to the nail. This method is similar to the modeling for artificial nails in nail studios: Here, however, the nail is additionally roughened before painting. As a result, the lacquer and the nail surface bond so strongly that the color has to be filed off later.
Gel polishes, on the other hand, can be removed with a nail polish remover. One reason why many manufacturers advertise their products as much gentler. A controversial statement. Because to remove the paint, the fingertips have to be wrapped with a pad that has been soaked with a remover for around ten minutes. Many of these products contain acetone or other strong solvents that draw grease off the nail and dry out the skin. “Cleaning with acetone attacks the nail more than filing it off,” says Tanja Krotki, training manager at Douglas. In addition, paint residues that cannot be removed this way have to be scraped off with a wooden spatula.
LED light or UV lamp?
For a while, gel nails could only be done in cosmetic studios. In the meantime there are also lamps for home use. When buying, you should definitely pay attention to the type and certification of the device. LED lightsare harmless, unlike UV lamps: “With intact quality tubes, UV light does not pose a greater burden to the skin than normal daylight. Outdated or inferior tubes, on the other hand, harden with UVB rays, the light responsible for sunburn. These rays can cause cell changes in the skin and in the worst case even to cancer “, says Dr. Helger Stege, chief physician of dermatology at the Lippe Hospital.
Shellac for brittle nails?
Many women with already brittle nails opt for Shellac or other gel polishes. The hope: not having to paint and repaint so often, because Shellac lasts for weeks. A fallacy: removing these varnishes can quickly make the nails even more sensitive. In addition, there is a risk of inflammation if the nail plate and skin are attacked – germs then have an easy time of it.
So if you are toying with Shellac, you should definitely give your nails a little break afterwards. Rich nail care with nourishing oils is then a must! There are care oils for thisthat can be applied with a brush, but also practical nail care sticks on the go.
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