One of my favorite beauty routines is a good-looking manicure, although sometimes it can be hard to maintain and difficult to find time to run into the salon. When I’m in a rush or can’t make up my mind I always go to nude for my nail color. It’s simple, polished and looks good with anything!

I’ve always struggled with chipped nails (my pet peeve) and have been searching for a durable and long-lasting solution. That’s why I fell in love with gel nail polish…..

However, recently I have been taking a break from gels (even though I love them) only because it’s not that beneficial for your nail and cuticle health. One of the perks of a gel manicure is it’s durability for up to two weeks or more, which is a must for me! But, according to some doctors the gel nail polish acts as a barrier between your nails and the necessary oxygen they need to be healthy and strong. The chemicals within the polish have an adverse affect on the health of your nails. Over time a gel manicure can lead to thin, brittle and breaking nails. Infections can be fairly common as well along with discoloration of the nails and inflamed cuticles and nail beds. In recent studies the UV rays from the gel nail laps have been linked to an increased risk of premature skin aging and cancer. However, there is no specific gauge on how damaging the UV lamps are, only that they definitely aren’t healthy for long-time gel manicure lovers.

I have been trying to wean myself off gel nails because of all the recent health studies that have emerged. So, I’ve tried going back to regular nail polish again even though I ALWAYS seem to chip my nails (with just my luck it’s usually the same day that I leave the nail salon). When I opt for a natural nail color it doesn’t look as horrible when I have chipping. One of my favorite go-to colors is called Fashion. In the long run I know I’ll be thanking myself for sparing my hands and nails any unnecessary damage rom gel manicures! After all, my nails should be pretty, polished and most importantly, HEALTHY!

I’m wearing “Natural Woman” By Deborah Lippmann above, which is apart of the Undressed Set

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