From reading my posts, you know that I am a fan of gel mani’s, such as CND Shellac (Read CND’s response HERE), Calgel, OPI Axxium Soak-off Nail Lacquer. As a matter of fact, for my vacation I ended up getting an OPI Axxium Gel Mani in the shade Cajun Shrimp because it was the most practical thing to do since it is low-maintenance and I wouldn’t have to worry about my nails looking a mess due to chipping.
So what’s the point of me writing this post? Well, in my March 2012 issue of Good Housekeeping magazine (page 120), there was an article titled “4 Risks of Gel Manicures”. This of course comes right before I am just about to get a gel mani this weekend! Don’t you hate that?
In the study Good Housekeeping conducted, 10 products were tested, which are as follows:
Gelish Soak-off Gel Polish
Jessica Professional Geleration
Le Chat/Nobility Competition Gel
NSI Polish Pro
OPI Axxium Soak-off Gel Lacquer
Couture Gel Nail Polish
Red Carpet Manicure
What are the risks?
1. They contain skin irritants, such as methacrylates, which can cause skin redness, itching, and/or swelling in some people.
2. Products contain toxic Chemicals.
Nutra Nail may contain a carcinogen, called BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole)
CND Shellac contains methyl pyrrolidone, which may cause reproductive harm, per its packaging.
3. Using the UV light to “set” four of these gel manicures introduce you to unnecessary radiation.
Acording to GHK, even though you’re only exposed to the UV light up to 8 minutes each session, cumulative exposure increases your risks just as if you were using a tanning bed.
4. Soaking off the gel can lead to long-term problems
Since acetone, the product used to soak off the gel is used, has a drying effect on the nails and skin. Cracking, peeling, or brittle nails as well as chapped skin can occur.
Good Housekeeping suggests, for the above reasons, to stay away of gel manicures. I would love to see a more information on this study, including rebuttals from industry experts. Calgel, which wasn’t mentioned is something I will consider to continue to get, especially since I do not get them often.