Acrylic nails, gel nails, and nail tips can make our nails look flawless. With a little bit of care, you can keep these artificial nails looking healthy and flawless. This is what dermatologists recommend.
Clean and check artificial nails daily. Taking a few minutes every day to do the following will help prevent infections:
- Wash your hands with soap and water, using a nail brush to clean gently around your nails.
- While cleaning your artificial nails, check for loose ones.
- Dry your hands and nails thoroughly.
If you find a loose or damaged nail, repair it safely. Your risk of developing an infection increases when you wear artificial nails. If you find a loose or damaged nail, dermatologists recommend stopping in at your nail salon for a repair. If you repair a nail at home, make sure you:
- Use only glue made specifically for artificial nails.
- Never bandage a broken nail.
If you bandage an artificial nail or use glue that is not made specifically for artificial nails, you increase your risk of developing an infection. Signs of infection include swelling, redness, and pus. If you see any of these signs, immediately make an appointment to see a dermatologist.
Make time for touch-ups every 2 to 3 weeks. Whether you apply the nails at home or go to a salon, artificial nails need touch-ups. As your natural nails grow, gaps appear between the artificial nails and natural nails. Fills are necessary every 2 to 3 weeks. This helps keep nails attractive and prevent problems like infections.
Wear gloves when washing dishes, cleaning, and gardening. You want to protect your artificial nails from detergents and other products that you use around the home. These products can loosen artificial nails — and discolor them.
Use your fingertips rather than your artificial nails. Artificial nails are hard, so it can be tempting to use them like tools. Avoid the temptation. You could rip off an artificial nail by doing something as simple as using the nail to open a flip-top can. When an artificial nail rips off, it can tear your natural nail. Ouch!
Prevent an artificial nail from catching. If an artificial nail catches on something, this, too, can tear your natural nail off.
That's it from Nail Design. If you need a full set or in-fill, please come and visit our Nails Salon in Peterborough.