Gel nails have become a popular choice for those who want long-lasting and chip-resistant manicures. While gel polish gives a glossy and elegant finish, a common question is: What happens if you leave gel nails on for longer than recommended?

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The Basics of Gel Nails

Gel nails are applied with a gel-based polish, to the natural nail or extensions, which is then cured under a UV/LED lamp. This process creates a stronger finish that lasts longer than regular nail polish.

The Recommended Lifespan

While gel nails offer longevity compared to regular polish, they do require maintenance and removal. Our nail technicians recommend getting a gel nail complete removal and reapplication every two to three weeks, depending on your nail growth and lifestyle.

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Consequences of Leaving Gel Nails On Too Long

Weak and Brittle Nails

One of the main concerns of keeping gel nails on for an extended period is potentially weakening your natural nails. The gel layer can inhibit proper airflow and hydration to the nails, leading to increased brittleness. Over time, this may result in peeling, splitting, or breakage of the natural nail.

Yellowing or Discoloration

Prolonged exposure to gel polish, especially in the presence of sunlight or UV exposure, can lead to yellowing or discoloration of the nails. This is often a consequence of the pigments in the gel reacting with the natural keratin of the nails. 

Lifting and Peeling

As your natural nail grows, the gel polish may start to lift or peel away from the nail bed. This can create an entry point for moisture and bacteria, increasing the risk of infections. Additionally, lifted gel nails can be prone to catching on objects, potentially causing further damage.

Difficulty in Removal

Over time, the gel layer can become harder to remove as it adheres firmly to your natural nail. This may require varying methods to get the complete and proper gel removal.

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Proper Care

Regular Maintenance

Be sure to schedule regular appointments for PURE GEL MANI/PEDI  maintenance, including removals and reapplications. This ensures that your nails remain healthy, and any potential issues can be addressed promptly by our professional nail technicians.

Hydration and Nail Care

Keep your nails hydrated by applying our PURE NAILS cuticle oil regularly. This helps prevent weakening and maintains the overall health of your nails. 

Sunscreen for Nail Protection

Just like your skin, if you love to spend extended periods of time in the sun, apply sunscreen to your nails to protect them from UV exposure.

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Proper Removal Technique

When it’s time to remove your gel nails, choose a safe and gentle removal process. Avoid peeling or picking at the gel, as this can cause damage to the natural nail. If uncertain, come in to PURE NAILS for a proper gel removal by our professionally trained nail technicians!

While gel nails offer a durable and shiny look for manicures, it’s essential to be mindful of how long your gel manicures are left on your nails. Leaving gel nails on for too long can lead to a variety of issues, like weakened natural nails and discoloration. By prioritizing regular maintenance, practicing proper nail care, and following the correct removal techniques, you can enjoy your gel manicure without compromising the health of your natural nails. At PURE NAILS, the health of your nails is our priority! Remember, healthy nails are a fun accessory, and the proper care ensures a beautiful gel manicure experience.
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