Why does the gel polish peel off? Causes

Why does the gel polish peel off? Causes
Today, manicures using gel polish are at the height of popularity. It's no wonder, as gel polish is comfortable, stylish and practical. Unfortunately, sometimes gel polish peels off on the nails. In this article we will discuss with you all possible causes of peeling gel varnish.
So, why does gel polish peel off on my nails?


To begin with, it is worth stating that a high quality gel lacquer coating must be worn without chipping and peeling for up to 3 weeks, regardless of the manufacturer. But only if you follow the rules of application coating will not deform, will not change colour, and will not start to peel after a couple of days. If you have a shorter wearing time, you should already be looking for the causes of peeling. All of them can be divided into 2 large groups:
- the wrong application technique
- or due to the characteristics of the body and the nail plate in particular.


1. Failure to remove the pterygium.
The most important reason is the poor treatment of the cuticle area and the poor removal of the pterygium, which actually leads to detachment of the coating in this area. If the pterygium is not removed before applying the base for gel polish, it gets wet when wearing such a manicure in the home, which leads to rejection of the base from the nail plate.

2. The primer is not applied. The nail plate is degreased first and then the primer is applied. The primer is an auxiliary substance which helps the natural nail surface to adhere to the artificial nail substance - the base. Applying primer is necessary when working with any materials, and neglecting it can lead to detachment of gel polish.

3. Poor nail degreasing is a problem for beginners. Some use nail polish remover for this purpose, which is fundamentally contraindicated.

4. Insufficient drying of each coat. This is especially true for low-power lamps. Always refer to the manufacturer's advice on drying times for each lamp power option and type.

5. Un-dried primer or degreaser. May cause detachment. It's not a good idea to check with your finger whether it's dry or not, as you will undo all the work you've done to degrease the nail. Keep an eye out for discolouration - these products dry very quickly, a minute at the most.

6. Poor lamp power. Poor lamp power can also cause non-drying and consequently flaking. We therefore recommend that you use professional quality LED lamps with a minimum wattage of 36W. (On our site there is an article «How to choose a manicure lamp? Let's understand the nuances!», it might be useful). Buy a good quality lamp --->.

7. The material is applied too thick. If even one of the layers (top, colour or base) is applied too thick, it can also provoke peeling.

8. Incorrectly applied gel polish. If it puddles under the rollers and cuticle when you're applying gel polish, flaking can't be avoided.

9. Poor quality materials or a combination of both. This point is tentative because virtually all gel polish lasts for a minimum of two weeks if the application technique is followed. Always use only quality materials, the online shop Global Fashion provides an opportunity to do so.
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1. Brittle nails. Fragile nails can lead to a shortening of the nail coating's lifespan. For example, due to fragility, the tip of the nail breaks and you decide to file or trim the nail to get an even shape. This will leave the nail edge unsealed and could lead to chipping.

2. Wet hands and nails. Some people's nails are drier, others have the problem of hydration - excessive moisture. Such a problem can be solved with a more «powerful» primer or a double application of a base. To be on the safe side, such a primer is also applied to the ends of the nails.

3. Nails are very soft. On soft nails, gel nail polish is quite difficult to apply, so it is necessary to carry out a strengthening procedure beforehand. Here the problem is solved quite simply - you are prescribed a procedure for strengthening the nails under the gel polish, and that's all!

4. The presence of streaks, grooves, bumps and other deformations that disturb the surface of the nail. In this case, the coating can indeed peel off quickly if you don't use special products under the gel polish. This can also be easily remedied by pre-smoothing the nails under the gel polish.

5. Internal illnesses. These are: hormonal disorders, nervous system disorders, diabetes, immune system malfunction, taking antibiotics or surgery that reduces the amount of time you can wear gel polish.  These are all risk factors that should be considered if all other causes have been ruled out.


Follow a few simple rules to make sure your gel polish lasts a long time.

1. Before coating your nail with gel polish, make sure you have a manicure. This will prepare the nail. It is not recommended to use nail baths, it is better to choose the dry trimmed type or the European manicure. These techniques are designed to protect the nail from excess moisture, which manifests itself negatively when the nail plate comes into contact with materials.
2. During the nail coating process, the nail must not be touched with the hands. Micro-particles may get onto the degreased plate and subsequently cause deformation of the coating.
3. After completing the manicure, it is not recommended to immediately go wash the dishes or do the cleaning. It is better to postpone such things for the next day.
4. It is not recommended to file nails on your own. This compromises the integrity of the sealed face and allows moisture and air to get under the coating.
5. Care should be taken when spending time in places with high humidity. Frequent visits to a solarium or sauna can cause the varnish to crack quite quickly.

Now you know why the gel polish flaking, and do not forget that much depends on the quality of the materials used, so to avoid peeling coverage, try to use a quality brand name! The online shop Global Fashion provides only quality materials.

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Published: 28.03.2022 13:23 Times Read: 42