How to Care for Nails After a Gel Manicure?

How to care for a gel manicure: make your get manicure last for weeks with these tips!

How to Care for Nails After a Gel Manicure

Gel manicures and pedicures allow you to enjoy long-lasting results, and when you get a quality gel treatment – your nails will look great for weeks. However, the results of a gel manicure or gel pedicure depend not only on the nail technician and the quality of the products she uses but also on you. If you want to results of your manicure to last long and for your nails to look great, here is how you need to care for a gel manicure:

Choose the right nail length

Long nails may look amazing, but they have a greater chance of getting chipped and for gel nail polish to crack than with shorter nails. To avoid damaging and chipping your gel manicure and gel pedicure, choose a nail length that suits your hands and your lifestyle. It will not only compliment you more but also keep your nails nice and tidy for weeks.

Let your nails dry properly

After you get your gel manicure or gel pedicure, your nails are dry, but you need to let the nail polish a bit more time to set in. So, after you leave the salon or finish an at-home gel manicure session, let your nails rest for a few hours. Do not wash dishes or use harsh materials on your fingers for several hours after the manicure, and the results will last and last.

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Dry your hands after every wash

In the days after a gel manicure or pedicure, you can get back to your routine and do whatever you are used to. However, when it comes to your manicured nails, you should be a bit careful. When coming in contact with various chemicals and detergents, a gel manicure can start peeling, producing an unsightly result. So, to stop that from happening and keep your gel nail polish for as long as possible, thoroughly dry your hands after washing dishes, cleaning, or doing any chore that involves liquids.

Or opt for gloves

Generally speaking, exposing your hands to soaps, detergents, and chemicals damages the nails and skin. Over the years, your skin will develop wrinkles, and your nails will become fragile, which is something you want to avoid. To care for gel manicures and also protect your skin, use gloves whenever you can, and your hands will thank you.

Use quality moisturizer

The skin on our hands and feet tends to become dry, especially under certain weather conditions, like cold temperatures. The skin is not the only thing that can get dry when exposed to the elements, the nails also dry up, crack, and split on certain days. To prevent nail damage and to keep the results of your manicure and pedicure, use hand and feet moisturizers that will restore moisture to your skin. Use the moisturizers several times a day, especially after exposure to water and detergents, and your gel manicure will last longer.  

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Show your cuticles some TLC

Besides your nails, you should also take care of the areas around them, especially your cuticles. Applying cuticle cream or cuticle oil on your cuticles will live them nice and soft, and also prevent peels, cracks, and damage to your gel manicure.

Watch what you eat

Your nail health greatly affects how your nails look, and what you put into your body will make a difference with your manicure. To keep your nails healthy for the long haul, you should eat proteins, such as biotin, that give your nails strength. Aside from foods you should eat for nail health, there are also foods you should avoid, and to learn what those foods are, click HERE.

 Give your feet a breather

Pedicured toenails look great, and most women pamper themselves with a gel pedicure during warmer days. If you are one of those women, then don't be afraid to show off your toes! To make the results of the gel pedicure last, let them breathe every once in a while, by wearing open-toed shoes. Also, you should wear open-toed shoes for 10-12 hours after the pedicure to let the gel nail polish set in its place.

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A gel manicure and gel pedicure make nails look great for weeks at a time, and it's no wonder why millions of women choose to get a professional gel treatment. To keep the results as long as possible, you should first choose a professional nail technician, and second – follow some simple rules on how to care for a gel manicure. You are guaranteed to have great-looking nails for weeks at a time.

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