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How to Protect Your Gel Nail Manicure

How to Protect Your Gel Nail Manicure

You've just stepped out of the salon, and your nails are looking absolutely fabulous, thanks to a fresh gel manicure. You can't stop admiring how stunning they look. But now comes the real challenge: how do you keep them looking this good?

The Magic of Gel Manicures

First off, let's talk about why gel manicures have become the talk of the town. Unlike traditional nail polish which takes ages to dry and chips at the drop of a hat, gel polish is cured under UV or LED light. This makes it incredibly durable and gives it that high-gloss finish we all love.

Here at Glitterbels, we take gel nails to the next level. We're a professional-only brand, which means we're all about delivering the best experience for our nail technicians’ clients. Our gel polish isn't just about looking good; it's about durability and quality.

Daily Life: Keeping Those Nails Pretty

So, you've got this amazing manicure, and you want to keep it that way. Let's start with your daily routine, after all, life doesn’t stop just because you have had your nails manicured.  Imagine you're doing the dishes or perhaps getting down and dirty in the garden. You might not think these activities are a big deal, but they can be your manicure's worst enemy. This is where gloves come in. They're like a knight in shining armour for your nails, protecting them from the harsh realities of daily life.

And what about typing? Most of us spend a good chunk of our day on computers. The trick here is to use the ball of your finger to hit the keys, not your nails. It might take a bit of getting used to, but your manicure will thank you for it.

Pool Time and Gym Etiquette

When it comes to swimming pools and gyms, there's a bit of science involved in keeping your manicure intact. Believe it or not, nails can absorb up to four times their own weight in water. What does this mean for your gel manicure? Well, when your nails absorb water, they expand. And when they dry, they contract. This constant cycle of expansion and contraction can lead to premature lifting and chipping of your gel polish.

So, what's the workaround? Before diving into the pool or hitting the shower post-workout, consider applying some oil to your nails. This creates a barrier that helps to repel water. A layer of clear varnish can also add an extra layer of protection, helping to keep that manicure looking fresh and fabulous.

The same goes for the gym. Those weights and machines are not manicure-friendly. Be mindful of how you use your hands, and maybe use a towel to help you grip any weights or machines.

At Home: Nails vs. Chores

Now, let's talk about household chores. Whether it's cleaning the bathroom or cooking dinner, these tasks can be a minefield for your nails. The key here is to be cautious. Use gloves when you're cleaning and be mindful when you're cooking. Hot pots and sharp knives are not your manicure's friends.

Why Bother? The Perks of Protection

You might be wondering why you should go through all this trouble. Well, a great manicure doesn't just make your hands look good; it makes you feel good. It boosts your confidence and puts a spring in your step. Plus, let's not forget the financial aspect. Gel manicures aren't cheap (especially a manicure performed with quality products), and the longer you can make yours last, the more bang you get for your buck.

So there you have it. A little bit of care can go a long way in keeping your gel manicure looking as fabulous as the day you got it. And that's the whole point, isn't it?


How long can I expect a gel manicure to stay fabulous?

With a little love and care, you're looking at a solid 2-3 weeks of fabulousness.

What sets Glitterbels apart from other gel polish brands?

It's all about quality with us. We aim for a finish that's not just long-lasting but also drop-dead gorgeous.

Any tips for keeping my Glitterbels manicure looking shiny and new?

Just be mindful of your nails during your daily activities. It's the little things that count.

Why should I even bother protecting my gel manicure?

Because you want it to last.  A little effort now means a lot more time enjoying those beautiful nails.