Gel vs Dip Powder Manicure


Lots of ladies visit the nail salon for a variety of services, including manicures. But which ones are really better for your nails?

In a recent article, I got answers for gel vs dip powder manicures!

Check out some of the pros and cons of each!

+1 for powder dip: There’s no harmful UV light
Clients flock to powder dip manicures because they don’t require UV light to dry like traditional gel varieties, Csetri said.

While the UV light “isn’t a concern so much for [skin cancer under the nail] because light does not penetrate the nail very well,” said Shari Lipner, a dermatologist at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian, “it is risky because you’re exposing the tops of your hands to UV light that over the long term could be very detrimental.” A study from the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that during the gel manicure UV drying process, one’s hands take in an energy dose equal to the daylong recommended limit for outdoor workers.

+1 for gel: A longer-lasting mani can be damaging
Powder gels have garnered favor because of how long they stay pristine. “It doesn’t chip or break and it lasts longer than gel polish,” Csetri said. “It lasts about three, four or even five weeks.”

But Lipner pointed out that a manicure’s extreme longevity can actually be a detriment. “You’re covering up any problems that could be under the nail and it won’t give you time to check the nail,” she said.

+1 for gel: Dipping nails into powder can cause a bacterial infection
“After clients wash their hands, I push up the cuticle and trim the dead skin,” Maryland nail technician and esthetician Kayla Nguyen explained of how she starts the process. “Then I clean the nails to remove excess oil so the dip will stick better. I’ll shave, put the base gel, and then dip the nail in the color the client chose. Very thin, two times. The last coat is the clear coat to protect the color and after the clear, I put on the activator to make the powder harden and dry. After that, I will shave a little bit. I use a very fine drill bit to smooth them around the cuticle.”

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Which one do you prefer?