It’s easy to understand why people all over the world prefer getting their nails done with Gel Polish; it lasts longer, is more convenient for the long run, and frankly, the curing process with UV lamps is cool to see! Today, we’re breaking down the science behind UV Gel Polishes to see what makes it the nail invention of the century.
What’s in gel polish?
The key difference between regular polish and gel polish is their composition. According to Rita Remark, Essie’s Global Lead Educator, “Gel polishes are comprised of stronger ingredients that grasp the nail tighter than traditional lacquers and are strong enough to stand up to daily wear and tear without chipping” (Source: Teen Vogue).
What is curing?
Curing is the chemical process wherein gel polish hardens under a UV lamp and turns into the chip-free coating that will last on your nails for more than two weeks. When the UV light hits the monomers in your gel polishes’ formula, the monomers link up in a process called “polymerization.” Once all the monomers are linked up together, the curing process is completed.
How do you take off gel polish?
Because gel polish is much more durable tha regular nail polish, the process of taking them off your nails requires more time and effort. Gel nails need to be soaked for more than 10 minutes, and usually cannot be wiped off easily with cotton. To ensure that your natural nails don’t get damaged in the process, it’s best to get them them removed by professional nail technicians.
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