How to prevent gel from lifting or peeling

Here's how you can minimise peeling and get the most out of your at-home gel manicure:

1. Nail Preparation:
  • Clean Your Nails: Make sure nails are free from old polish and are clean. You can use an isopropyl alcohol wipe or nail polish remover to remove any residual oils and dust.
  • Use PH Bond and Primer: These two products are designed to assist with adhesion for a longer-lasting gel enhancement. Note: ensure you are sparingly using these products. 
  • Buff Nails: Gently buff the surface of your nails. This will create a slightly rough surface that helps the gel polish adhere better. Remember not to over-buff as it can thin and weaken your nails, and ensure that all dust is removed from the nail plate prior to application. 
  • Push Back and Trim Cuticles: Gel polish can start lifting if applied over cuticles. Use a cuticle pusher and, if necessary, a cuticle remover to clean the nail surface.

2. Apply in Thin Layers:
  • Gel polish should be applied in thin, even layers. This ensures even curing and prevents thick spots, which are more prone to peeling.

3. Proper Curing:
  • Use a good quality UV/LED lamp and ensure that you're curing for the correct amount of time.
  • After curing, you might feel a tacky layer on the top. This is normal. Do not try wipe this off, it helps each gel layer stick together. The no-wipe top coat does not have a tacky layer, and this is your final step. 

4. Avoid Skin and Cuticle:
  • Make sure that the gel polish does not touch your skin or cuticle. If it does, clean it off before curing. Gel polish on the skin can cause lifting and peeling.

5. Cap the Free Edge:
  • Always "cap" the free edge of your nails (i.e., paint the end of your nail). This helps seal the polish and prevents water or other substances from getting between the gel polish and your natural nail.

6. Aftercare:
  • Wear gloves when doing dishes or cleaning to protect your nails from chemicals and excess water.
  • Use cuticle oil daily. It helps keep your cuticles moisturized and can also maintain the flexibility of the gel polish, reducing the chance of chipping or peeling.
  • Avoid using your nails as tools (like opening cans).

7. Quality Products:
  • It's tempting to go for cheaper options, but investing in a quality base coat, colour, and top coat (such as the ones from Bloss Gel) can make a significant difference in the longevity of your manicure.

8. Store Products Correctly:
  • Keep your gel polishes and other products away from direct sunlight, windows, UV/LED lamps, or excessive heat, as this can affect their formulation and/or make the product gluggy. 

By following these guidelines, you'll be well on your way to achieving a long-lasting at-home gel manicure. If you notice consistent issues, remember to assess each step of your process and the products you're using. Adjusting one or two small things can make a big difference in your results.

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