The longevity of gel nail polish treatment is its main benefit. That’s because gel polish is cured with UV or LED light. However, regular exposure to UV light can lead to age spots.
Almost every Shellac or gel polish treatment will last 14 days. Some people find that the nail polish stays in place for a full month, but new nail growth may send them back to the salon for a touch-up.
Be aware that gel polish is porous, and cleaning products, pool chemicals and other chemicals can cause it to peel or chip. Likewise, the UV light used to cure the polish can lead to age spots and the method use to remove the polish can dehydrate your nails and skin around them. If gel nail polish isn’t removed correctly, it can leave cracks, pits or scrapes on the surface of your nail.
Health experts believe an LED light lamp is a safer way to cure gel polish and they recommend applying a sunscreen on your hands prior to the application of the polish or wearing gloves with the fingertips cut out to protect your skin from UV light. Experts also recommend regularly using lotion or moisturizer to help combat dry skin and brittle nails exposed to acetone.