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Shellac, gel varnishes and other resistant coatings, which are dried with an ultraviolet lamp, created a furore: finally, a lasting manicure for 2-3 weeks! But after removing the cover, many girls have noted that the nails look terrible: exfoliate, break, thin

We figured out why this is happening, and how to restore the health of the nails.


The gel that is applied to the nails is a complex chemical compound based on hydrated collagen, which is “fused” into the top layer of the nail plate using ultraviolet light. When removing the coating, it is removed along with the very top layer of the nail plate. Therefore, when inventing a new method of manicure among experts, there was a stormy debate about how safe the technique is.

In fact, the controversy has not subsided so far, so the first advice, which is unanimously voiced by the leading specialists in manicure - resistant coatings can not be applied constantly.The recommended mode - 2 manicures with a durable coating - 3 months break (without a covering or with a usual varnish).


But there are still some things that you need to know before deciding.

1. The ultraviolet light used during the procedure is very aggressive to the skin cells. If you have birthmarks in your arms, be especially careful. And for owners of sensitive skin, a UV lamp can even cause a burn!

2. Under a stable coating, the nail plate is completely devoid of oxygen and moisture, which is an additional factor that causes the plate to overdry, its brittleness and delamination.

3. When removing the coating, an aggressive solution is used, which is applied to the nails under a foil or a special impermeable material for at least 20 minutes. It also destroys the nail.

If you still think that a persistent manicure is worth it, take care to properly restore the nails after removing the coating.

1. Power

You will be surprised, but this is the most important stage, and not at all healing paints or masks. Even before removing the persistent varnish, eat more fatty fish, eggs and cheese. Calcium, which they contain - the building material for the nail, and the thicker the nail plate, the less noticeable is the damage caused by permanent coatings.


2. Microelements

Dietary supplements or vitamin complexes with a high content of iron and zinc are an excellent aid to the nails, these elements make them supple, elastic, smooth and return a healthy pink tone.

3. Vitamins

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 the nails. No, not inwards, but in the form of a mask: pulp lemon, orange or grapefruit rub in gruel, apply to your nails and put on gloves for half an hour.

And now - what to do when the cover is removed.

1. Shave your nails short.

The shorter the plate - the less it exfoliates and breaks.

2. Polish

Regular polishing nail file will remove the remnants of the damaged layer and open air access to the intact layers of the plate. Give the nail a chance to breathe!

3. Buy gloves

And in the next 2–3 weeks, do all the housework related to water with gloves. Give nails a break from chemicals!


4. Treat the cuticle

In the morning and in the evening, massage the cuticle (and nail at the same time) with jojoba oil, apricot or olive. The oil will restore the structure of the nail and reduce its fragility.

5. Use strengthening curative varnishes

Especially good are the compositions with protein complexes.

6Make a mask of gelatin

Dissolve a tablespoon of gelatin in a glass of hot water and put your nails in there as soon as the temperature of the solution becomes comfortable. Hold for 20 minutes, promakni napkin.

7. Try an iodine bath


Do not be afraid: if you do it in the evening, by morning iodine will evaporate and the color of the nails will not suffer. So, dissolve in 200 ml of water 2 tablespoons of common salt and half a tablespoon of iodine. Dip your hands in water for 15 minutes, then rinse with running water, apply cream and go to bed. This bath stimulates the growth of the nail and improves its structure.

8. Prepare a paraffin wrap

Melt the paraffin candle, let the paraffin cool to a comfortable temperature, dip the nails into a viscous mass and let it cool completely on your hands.


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