As nails and beauty experts, we are not only the technicians but also we are parents. we were also concern what best for our our baby during pregnancy.
one of common question that make us wonder weather is it safe having gel nails applied during pregnancy.
It is safe to wear gel nails while you are pregnant, so long as you take precautions when having them applied and removed.
Gel nails are applied as a gel or liquid to the nail. They are set using an ultraviolet (UV) lamp, or by brushing or spraying a curing chemical over the top of the gel.
The main chemicals in gel nails are methacrylate monomers. There are many types of methacrylate monomers, most of which are perfectly safe to use. However, one type called methyl methacrylate monomer (MMA) should not be used. It is best to avoid MMA whether you are pregnant or not. We do not use MMA Products, all of our Uv Gel Polish have been approved and does not contain MMA.
MMA can irritate your skin, eyes and lungs, and can cause allergic reactions. It has been banned in many states in the US but it is currently still available in the UK, although it has been largely replaced.
However, some budget nail bars still use gel nails containing MMA because it is cheaper than safer alternatives. If you concern about having gel nails applied, make sure you come and see us. Check with the salon exactly which chemicals are used. we would be happy to tell you about our products.
Gel nails give off fumes when they are applied and while they are setting. These could make you feel nauseous, especially if you have morning sickness. understanding this we have ensured nails are applied in a well-ventilated room.
During pregnancy your skin may become more sensitive. This means that you may be more likely to have a reaction to gel nails, or allergy. Pregnancy makes your nails stronger and longer, so if you are worried about a reaction or allergy, you can always go natural. Or best come to see us for advice.
Unlike acrylic nails, gel nails have to be removed by either soaking or filing. If your nails are soaked off, a chemical called acetone is used. Acetone is used to remove normal nail polish. However, unlike regular nail polish, gel nails have to be in contact with acetone for up to 20 minutes to remove the gel.
There is very little information about how safe this is during pregnancy. So it is best to be cautious and follow these tips:
Use gel nails sparingly during your pregnancy. Treat yourself to a new nail polish instead, or go for a natural look between treatments.
Ask our staff to take the minimum amount of time needed to let the acetone do its work.
Check that your nails are removed in a ventilated area with open windows or air conditioning.
If you’re removing the gel nails yourself, apply cotton pads soaked in acetone to your nails instead of soaking your fingertips in a bowl. This will reduce your skin contact with the chemical.
Wash your hands thoroughly afterwards to remove any leftover chemical.