We all love going for a gel manicure or pedicure, don’t we? Gel tends to lasts longer than regular nail polish (about two weeks) and it doesn’t chip, lift or peel as easily. Consider applying a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to your hands or feet 20 minutes before going for your next gel manicure/pedicure, especially if your salon uses a UV lamp during your treatment. We recommend using Cetaphil Sun SPF 50+ Lotion as it’s hypoallergenic, water-resistant and won’t block your pores. This will prevent premature aging from the hands as well as prevent skin cancer. Applying sunscreen to your hands before a manicure/pedicure protects your skin from the ultraviolet radiation used to seal gel nail polish to the nail.
Remember not be late for your nail appointment, in fact, show up 10 minutes early for your appointment. Try pay in advance so you aren’t fidgeting with money and cards once your nails are painted and bring flip flops with so you can slip them on after your pedi. Get comfortable at the salon, order a drink, pick your nail colour/nail art and maybe start your soak off if you can.
Call ahead and find out how much time you need to book for your treatment and ask what their nail art encompasses. Allow enough time for your treatment, including 20 minutes extra if you’re doing a soak off. Know what the different nail shapes look like and which one you would like for yourself that day. Don’t be too chatty with your manicurist either. Most don’t mind a little small talk, however, you need to allow them to concentrate so they can do an efficient job, especially when shaping nails or doing nail art.
If you can, take it easy for the rest of the day, after your mani. If you can avoid washing dishes or cooking that evening, that would be ideal and it’s a great excuse for a night out on the town! Remember that certain foods and spices can stain your nails. Just be conscious of what you are doing with your hands, post mani.
Will you be using this tip for your next nail appointment?