15 Tips to Wearing the Perfect Gel Nail Polish Perfectly
Painting your own nails can save you both time and money, but it can be a pain try and get your nails to look like you’ve had them done professionally. Somehow, there’s a perfect art to nails and, frustratingly, many of us would rather pay for someone else to do it than be seen with a half-assed polished nail. Clearly, if you’ve found this article, you want to get the hang of creating the perfect gel nail, and luckily we have our tips to finally make your dream a reality.
1. Clean your hands and nail beds before starting your manicure. Any oils, dirt, or leftover polish on your nails can keep the new gel from sticking properly.
2. File your nails enough to get any snags off and don’t go overboard on cutting your cuticles, because it can result in germs and infection.
3. Make sure your nails are completely dry before application. Any moisture that can get trapped under the polish can lead to them rising up and off your nail.
4. Start with a base coat. Putting the gel color directly on your nail can result in staining and will make it much more difficult to remove the gel later on.
5. Keep your coats thin. It’s better to have multiple, thin, and separately dried coats than to make them so thick that there isn’t enough time for them to fully dry, which can lead to peeling and bubbling.
6. When using lighter colors, less is more. It’s better to have more coats than thicker ones, to ensure that you can’t see the nail through the polish.
7. Be sure not to get any paint on your skin or cuticles. After your gel nails are dry, this will cause the paint to peel away from your skin, which will result in dirt getting underneath. You’ll have them all picked and peeled off within the day.
8. Try painting from the bottom, close to the cuticle and up to the left. Lift the brush and paint up against and to the right then again up the center. Finish by taking the brush and lightly swiping it over the top rim of the finger (capping the free edge) to seal in the gel.
9. Don’t forget that final topcoat. If the gel polish you’re using says “no wipe” it means you don’t need to wipe with alcohol afterward to get rid of the stickiness, but if it’s a standard gel polish, you will need to wipe the nail with a piece of paper towel or tissue soaked in the alcohol to finish.
10. When using a UV light for your gel nail polish, be sure to keep the light over your hand for each coat of nails for at least 1:30 seconds. Try not to bump the nails against the light or sides of the light to keep them from scratching.
11. Use the same brand for your base, topcoat, and color. If you mix and match brands (especially choosing the cheaper ones or those that are on sale) you run the risk of them peeling prematurely or not coming off at all.
12. Be patient. When it comes to gel nails, you need to give yourself time to get each coat right without rushing. Going too quickly will only result in having mistakes to fix or having to start all over a couple of days later.
13. Do it one hand at a time. When you’re doing your own nails, it’s important to start with one hand and finish completely before painting the next. Doing one coat for both hands at once can lead to overdrying and an unwanted finish.
14. Instead of shaking your color before using, which is a popular method for many at-home manicurists, try rolling it in your hand instead. This will result in a more even mixing of the color and its primer.
15. Finally, always work on a flat and sturdy surface (that means not on your lap!) and make sure there is an ample amount of light. You want to be able to check under a light to make sure you haven’t missed any spots or left any imperfections before you cure the gel.
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Why pH of skincare products is important?
The pH is defined as the negative logarithm (base ten) of the concentration of free hydrogen ions in aqueous solution. The pH of skin surface ranges from 4.5 to 6 making it slightly acidic. The acidic nature of the whole skin surface was first claimed by Heuss in 1892; however, the first scientific study was carried out by Schade and Marchionini in 1928, who called it the acid mantle. The “acid mantle” protects the skin by inhibiting the growth of pathogenic organisms, regulating keratinization, desquamation and wound healing. Any disruption in the acid mantle disrupts the activity of enzymes involved in barrier function and anti-microbial protection. The skin pH and the buffering capacity of the skin surface are made up of the components of the stratum corneum as well as the secretions from sebaceous and sweat glands. Sweat is an important contributor towards skin acidity owing to its content of amino acid, lactic acid, and urea, which supplement skin NMF levels. The formation of stratum corneum barrier requires enzymes that are pH dependent. Two lipid-processing enzymes β-glucocerebrosidase and acidic sphingomyelinase require a pH of 5.6 and 4.5, respectively. An increased skin surface pH activates enzyme serine proteases, which causes degradation of corneodesmosomes and affects the skin barrier. pH also has a big impact on the skin microbiome. The bactericidal activity, because of dermicidin and nitrites in sweat, occurs optimally at pH 5.5. The resident bacterial flora changes as pH increases causing increase in population and activity of P. acnes and Staphylococcus aureus which are responsible for acne and eczema. All these result in contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, ichthyosis, acne vulgaris and Candida albicans infections. Products with high pH cause swelling of skin follicles affecting the permeability of the skin making it dry, sensitive, and susceptible. Most of the skincare products are formulated within the pH range of normal healthy skin except the exfoliating products that contain alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA’s), Vitamin C products and chemical peel which work at low pH. Facial oils, cleansing oils, balms are not pH dependent.
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