13 Beauty Treatments That Are Worth the Money
Sometimes, you initially have to spend a little extra money (or time) to achieve #wokeuplikethis for real
Lasts: 2 to 3 weeks
Who should do it: Anyone with a vacation or special event coming up, like a wedding.
Why you should get it: If your nails mysteriously chip one day post-mani, or you work out a lot, gel manicures can be a lifesaver (because, really, who wants to walk around with chipped polish?) Gel manicures can also be great for women with weak, brittle nails. Samira Asemanfar, founder of Bellacures nail salon in Los Angeles, says, "A gel manicure will give the nails a layer of protection from daily wear and tear, which allows the natural nails to grow underneath."
Know before you go: Removing the gel requires soaking your nails in 100 percent acetone, which is very drying, says Asemanfar. Plus, "some people peel the gel off, which is even worse than the acetone since a layer of your nail bed comes off with it." Then there's the fact that you have to cure the manicure under UV light, which some experts say may cause wrinkles and sun damage on your hands. I recommend reserving the gel manicure as a special treat -- and when you do get one, use a hand cream with SPF.
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