Hi beauties! Today we are discussing the ever-popular gel manicure. Gel manicures are fantastic for the girl on the go and women who are hard on their hands. Everyone from moms to executives are fans of gel mani’s for this reason: they last up to two weeks. The polish literally will not chip or budge until you take it off.

Gel Nails

My Wedding Gel Nails ๐Ÿ™‚

And just like any other beauty fad, there are do’s and don’ts for this look. I want to walk you through how to properly rock and remove a gel manicure.

Do’s & Don’ts

Do apply a sunscreen on your hands before going under the LED light at the salon.

Alba SPF 45 Sunscreen

Alba SPF 45 Sunscreen

The lights that harden the gel polish contain UV rays and not only cause your skin to age, but also produce harmful carcinogens. Treat your hands as if you were going to spend the day at the beach and protect them with an SPF of 35 and above.

Donโ€™t scrape off the polishโ€”this is terrible for your nails and will strip them!

You can have it removed professionally at the salon OR do it yourself at home: it’s possible! I learned how to do it myself from this helpful video:

Do trim your nails as they grow.

File off the top, then apply a clear top coat to seal the edges. My nails grow like weeds so I file them at least once a week

My favorite top coat: Seche Vite

My favorite top coat: Seche Vite

Don’tย keep the gel manicure on past two weeks.

PET PEEVE ALERT: Something that really bugs me is when I look at people’s gel mani’s and see half-an-inch of new nail growing out from the bottom. GROSS! Just because the polish hasn’t chipped doesn’t mean you should keep your gel polish going for a month. It’s tacky.

Yuck! Grown out nails

Yuck! Don’t let this be you.

Do get gel pedicures: they are especially amazing on the toes!

I cannot say that enough. Since toe nails grow slower than finger nails, gel pedicures are a great option. You actually CAN keep your gel pedicure going for a month!

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