I hear people raving about the Gel nail polish because it lasts for 3 weeks without chipping. I was really curious to find out if the ingredients used in these gel nail polishes are safe.
We decided to research this “magical” manicure . Our findings confirmed that the gel polish and the manicure process itself are not very safe.
Some of the not so dreamy aspects of a gel manicure:
1- Lousy, Toxic Ingredients in the Gel Polish:
2- The Application and Removal process of the Gel Polish:
Not surprisingly, studies done by the beauty industry are inconclusive about whether gel nail polish is good or bad for you. The beauty industry rarely finds studies that prove themselves guilty.
I believe manicures are meant to add emotional and psychological well-being into a girl’s life. (Look good, feel good theory) This is not possible when chemical ingredients get in the way. At a time in in our girls’ lives when they are supposed to be growing and maturing safely, we should not be introducing cancer-causing chemicals into their bodies. Gel polishes add unneccesary toxins to girl’s beauty routine as well as adding extra doses of UV radiation. Completely unacceptable.
Become familiar with the safe brands of nail polish — there are quite a few– and buy some gorgeous colors, along with a toxin-free base coat and top coat. Apply top coat often and it will be just like getting a gel manicure, only without the disruptive toxins. Check out BeaTeaBar.Com and Spirit Beauty Lounge.Com for excellent nail polish options! At DiGG, here are some brands we love. In the photo above I am wearing a brand I love called Kure Baazar (in color: Paris). The clear top coat is RGB. I painted them myself this afternoon while I sat and stewed about the ridiculousness of toxic gel nail polish. Why is gel polish necessary when with just a little extra effort we can sustain our manicures safely???
That said, if you do choose to get a gel manicure, here are some safety tips:
Let’s get our girls started on healthy manicure practices while they are young. For a lifetime of healthy nail practices: Bring your own toxin-free polishes to the salon (base and top coat included), seek out healthy salons, use acetone-free, chemical-free removers and use gel manicures very sparingly.