Gel manicures are all the buzz right now- and whats even better is that you don’t have to visit the salon to get one. Honestly, I’m not much of a manicure girl. Polish doesn’t last on my fingers long with all of the baking I do, so I rarely even take the time to apply it. Not to mention I have tiny nail beds and baby hands that really don’t need any attention drawn to them.
A few weeks ago I was strolling around Meijer and came across Sally Hansen’s Miracle Gel polish. No LED light required, just a fancy top coat- I decided to give it a go. After trying (and loving!) it- I have been looking a bit more into these at-home gel polishes simply because I was so impressed with the fact that I didnt need to worry about chips or reapplying for a week and a half! So, here is what I have discovered: Gel polish in the salon is actually not so great for your nails. The LED light exposure is bad for your skin, and the chemicals involved are a bit questionable. The at-home version is sort of a hybrid polish that combines gel- features without the harm from the lights and harsh chemicals and soaking it takes to remove the salon style manicure.
Here are 4 great brands to give a try if you want to see what all the rage is about (and all four are LED light free options! Score!)