Tuesday Tip: Never Get a Gel Manicure Without This

(Photo courtesty of Target, Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images North America)To gel or not to gel? That is the question. When first introduced to the booming US nail market, gel vowed to alter the entire complexion of a manicure––never a chip again? How would regular lacquers ever compete? Women would have perfect nails forever and eternity… or so it seemed.

As with many things, this too-good-to-be-true-prophecy-from-the-beauty-gods could never live up to such lofty expectations. Sure, nails looked incredible for at least ten days, but there were downfalls. Dry, brittle downfalls. It did indeed last, for more than a couple of those not-so-pretty pennies, but once removed, the nails pleaded for a few months of tender loving therapy. So much hope, so much promise, and all those dreams of extra free time (cobbled together from less frequent trips to the salon) unceremoniously shattered.
 
Admitting that gels have a problem is the first step toward a solution. How can the nails stay moist with such a thick coat? Being able to penetrate the gel layer to hydrate would prevent this destructive aftermath. After trying aquaphor, oils, and many other solutions, Burt's Bee Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream came to the rescue.  Applying over the nail twice a day, the manicure stays in tip-top shape and upon removal, the nails are as healthy as before.  Back-to-back gels––once just dreams for over-maintaining beauty compulsives––are now feasible realities. The upside/downside paradox?  You’ll now have more free time to cater towards another obsessive pampering habit.
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