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An expert reveals how often you should do your nails
Having your nails done, whether at home or in a beauty salon, is a moment of pure bliss. Not only does it beautify the hands, it also serves, on a psycho-emotional level, to take care of oneself. However, having a manicure that's always perfect, thanks to techniques such as **gel**, **permanent**, semi-permanent or **acrylic**, has become an aesthetic canon. This is why, on certain occasions, the nail is not left to rest between one polish and the next. But is this really necessary? Let's look at things from the right angle. First of all, dermatologists from the Academy of Dermatology and Venereology claim that more and more women are coming to their practices with allergic dermatitis reactions. This is due to the abusive use of perms and gel nails. The latter consists of localized inflammation with **redness** and small **vesicles** around it. Itching**, discomfort** and discomfort**. This is due to **acrylates**, a petroleum-based chemical found in nail polish, particularly in semi-permanent or permanent manicures. The problem with acrylates is that, being a very small molecule, when they penetrate the skin they can trigger an **allergy**.
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Hence the need to use high-quality varnishes from recognized brands. They contain no toxic substances. Of course, you should always call on the services of qualified professionals.
**How long should nails be left to rest?
There's a question on everyone's lips. It's whether frequent manicures affect the strength of the nails themselves. Well, against all odds, it doesn't have to. According to Rosi Fernández, director of the Ananda Ferdi beauty salon, "it all depends on the condition of the nails". She adds that "if you have strong, healthy nails and you remove the polish correctly, without pulling or removing the top layers of the nail and with specific products, nothing will happen and the operation can be repeated every week or ten days, or even every fortnight", explains this manicure expert. In any case, you can always leave them to rest for a few days. This is especially true if they're flimsy and open in layers. You shouldn't paint them so often," explains Rosi Fernández. In this sense, she points out that nail polishes cause nails to dry out. So it's best not to moisturize them, but to give them extra keratin.
**What happens if you don't apply primer to your nails?
In today?s semi-permanent manicure, a base gel is used to protect and strengthen the nail. And when color is repeated, this gel is difficult, if not impossible, to remove.
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Thanks to the application of the primer, the natural nail doesn't secrete grease or water over the following weeks, helping to keep the artificial nail in perfect condition and preventing the acrylic or gel nail polish from chipping. In all cases, it is important not to constantly remove the cuticle, which also protects the nail.
**How to strengthen your nails with food** (in French)
The first thing to remember is that diet has a major influence on nail growth. They need **keratin**, **vitamins A, B and C**, as well as **calcium** and **iron**. However, certain foods can be applied to nails. This ensures that they become hard and do not become brittle or break:
? Garlic: one of the best-known remedies for nails is garlic. Simply rub it on your nails to strengthen them.
? Olive oil: its vitamins and components are a good remedy for damaged nails. As well as nourishing them, the oil will give them a healthier, well-groomed appearance. Just dip your nails in a bowl of oil and wait a few minutes.
? Cucumber: although its most widespread use is to treat the skin, it is also beneficial for the nails. Simply crush a cucumber with the skin and apply the paste to the nails.
In addition to these foods, there are other substances that can help strengthen and improve the appearance of nails, such as certain oils. Castor oil is one of the most widely used in the cosmetics world. There's also aloe vera, which has many properties that can help moisturize and restore nails.
**How to remove gel nails at home, step by step**
1. Lightly file nails. The first thing to do is to file the nails to create a more porous surface and make it easier for the acetone to penetrate. The idea is to remove the shine and softness that nail polish gives you.
2. Apply acetone. Once you've completed the previous step, you'll have noticed that your nails are rough, dull and scratched, but that's okay. However, the color of the nail polish is still present, so it's time to apply the acetone.
3. Cover your fingertips with absorbent cotton and cut ten small pieces of aluminum foil to place over your fingers.
4. Remove the foil and absorbent cotton. Once you've removed all the cotton, you'll notice that the nail polish is still there, but softened. Under no circumstances should you rub the cotton over your nails as you would with normal nail polish remover. If any nail polish remains on your nails, use a cuticle pusher or an orange stick to remove it. It's important to remember that nails are thinner and very sensitive, so you need to be very careful when using a cuticle pusher.
5. Collect the nails. When you?ve finished removing all the nail varnish, wash your hands with soap and water. Finally, trim, file and moisturize your nails.
1. How often should I do my nails, according to an expert?
2. What are the benefits of regular expert nail care?
3. What are the health risks for my nails if I don't maintain them at the frequency recommended by an expert?
An expert reveals that frequent manicures with techniques such as gel, permanent or semi-permanent manicures are not necessary. These techniques can cause allergic reactions due to the acrylates present in nail polish. It's important to use good-quality nail polish and to call on the services of qualified professionals. However, if nails are strong and healthy, manicures can be performed every week or ten days. If nails are weak, it's advisable to let them rest for a few days. Nail polish can dry out nails, so it's best not to paint them as often and to moisturize them with a keratin supplement. Using a gel base during a semi-permanent manicure helps keep the artificial nail in good condition and prevents the polish from chipping. It's also important not to constantly remove the cuticle, which protects the nail. A balanced diet rich in keratin, vitamins A, B and C, calcium and iron is essential for nail health. Foods such as garlic, olive oil and cucumber can also strengthen nails. To remove gel nails at home, file the nails, apply acetone and use acetone-soaked absorbent cotton and aluminum foil. Finally, trim, file and moisturize the nails.