Shellac, gel polishes and other long-lasting coatings that are dried with an ultraviolet lamp made a splash: finally, a long-lasting manicure for 2-3 weeks! But after removing the coating, many girls noted that the nails looked terrible: exfoliate, break, thin
We figured out why this happens, and how to restore health to the nails
The gel that is applied to the nails is a complex chemical compound based on hydrated collagen, which is “fused” into the upper layer of the nail plate using ultraviolet light. When the coating is removed, it is removed along with the top layer of the nail plate. Therefore, when a new method of manicure was invented, heated discussions arose among specialists about how safe the technique was.
In fact, the controversy does not subside until now, so the first advice, which is unanimously voiced by leading experts in manicure, is that persistent coatings cannot be applied constantly. Recommended regimen - 2 manicures with a long-lasting coating - 3 months break (without coating or with regular varnish).
But there are still some things you need to know before deciding
1. The ultraviolet light used during the procedure is very aggressive to the skin cells. If you have moles on your hands, be extra careful. And for those with sensitive skin, the UV lamp can even cause a burn!
2. Under a persistent coating, the nail plate is completely devoid of oxygen and moisture, which is an additional factor that causes the plate to dry out, brittle and stratify.
3. When removing the coating, an aggressive solution is used, which is applied to the nails under foil or special impermeable material for at least 20 minutes. This also destroys the nail.
If you still think a long-lasting manicure is worth it, take care to properly restore your nails after removing the coating.
You will be surprised, but this is the most important stage, and not at all medical varnishes or masks. Eat more oily fish, eggs and cheese even before you remove the stubborn nail polish. The calcium they contain is a building material for the nail, and the thicker the nail plate, the less noticeable damage caused by permanent coatings is.
2. Trace elements
Supplements or vitamin complexes with a high content of iron and zinc are an excellent help to nails, these elements make them elastic, firm, smooth and return a healthy pink tone.
Vitamin C is famous for its whitening effect, so a couple of citrus fruits a day will have a positive effect on the condition of your nails. No, not inside, but in the form of a mask: rub the pulp of a lemon, orange or grapefruit into a pulp, apply to your nails and put on gloves for half an hour.
Now, what to do when the cover is removed
1. Cut your nails short
The shorter the plate, the less it exfoliates and breaks.
An ordinary polishing file will remove the remnants of the damaged layer and open air access to the undamaged layers of the plate. Give your nail a chance to breathe!
3. Buy gloves
And in the next 2-3 weeks, do all housework related to water with gloves. Give your nails a break from chemicals!
4. Treat the cuticle
In the morning and in the evening, massage the cuticle (and the nail at the same time) with jojoba oil, apricot or olive. The oil will restore the structure of the nail and reduce brittleness.
5. Use strengthening medicated varnishes
Protein formulations are especially good.
6. Make a gelatin mask
Dissolve a tablespoon of gelatin in a glass of hot water and dip your nails into it as soon as the temperature of the solution becomes comfortable. Hold for 20 minutes, blot with a napkin.
7. Try an iodine bath
Do not be afraid: if you do it in the evening, the iodine will evaporate by morning, and the color of your nails will not suffer. So, dissolve 2 tablespoons of ordinary salt and half a tablespoon of iodine in 200 ml of water.Dip your hands in the water for 15 minutes, then rinse with running water, apply the cream and go to bed. This bath stimulates the growth of the nail and improves its structure.
8. Prepare a paraffin wrap
Melt a paraffin candle, let the paraffin cool to a comfortable temperature, dip your nails into a viscous mass and let it cool completely on your hands.