"Thats bad for your nails!"
"You need to let your nails breathe!"
We've heard these before, and so have you.
While there are a lot of nail facts that are common knowledge, there are an equal amount of nail myths that circulate the beauty world.
So get ready: we're here to debunk the biggest nail myths.
Myth: You need to let your nails breathe
Nails don’t stay healthy by breathing in oxygen. Nails are primarily composed of Keratin- a non-living protein. Keratin has many different properties that keep your nails healthy, as Keratin is especially resilient. Thus, when your nails aren't “alive” to begin with they do not need to “breathe”. Thanks to Keratin's resilient properties, your nails are able to handle polish and fake nails.
While it is unnecessary to take breaks from press-on nails or acrylics because “you need to let your nails breathe”, it is advisable that you still take periodic breaks. Why? Leaving polish on for too long can dry out your nails and result in chalky marks on your nails because of a condition called Keratin Granulation. You can avoid this hassle altogether by taking breaks from polish regularly, or go for the least harmful option: press-on nails!
Myth: White marks are always a sign of a deficiency
This seems to be one of the most commonly tossed around nail myths. In reality, white spots on your nails are very common and can occur for a number of reasons. Picking your nails, being careless with giving yourself a manicure, and keeping your nail polish on for too long are just a few of the reasons why your nails might have white spots. You can avoid these unappealing marks by being extra cautious with your nails; and of course, do not leave your nail polish on for too long.
In some rare cases, white marks on your nails can indeed be a sign of a medical issue. If this is an ongoing problem, we suggest that you consult with your doctor.
Myth: Press-on nails are bad for your natural nails
We get it: some people may assume that using glue to adhere press-ons to your natural nails is harmful. In reality, it's the exact opposite. Most people find press-on nails to be much gentler on their natural nails as opposed to gel or acrylics. Why is that? Press-on nails are made from acrylic resin- which is why they are of superb quality. However, contrary to standard salon acrylics- where the liquid acrylic is bonded onto your nail, press-on nails are temporarily glued onto your natural nail. Hence it makes sense why press-on nails are the safer alternative to salon nails.
Most of the damage to your natural nails occurs during the gel and acrylic removal process. Scraping or ripping off acrylic nails can peel off layers of Keratin; and this is what causes discoloration and pain. Using the acetone removal method is the most effective method for removing acrylics, however, acetone is notorious for adding to the nail damage. So what makes press-on nails a safer option? They can be removed with warm water or cuticle oil, so your nails will have less exposure to harmful chemicals.
So when you look at the facts, it's easy to see that press-on nails do not damage your nails, and they are a safe, durable, and quality alternative to salon nails.
Now that we've debunked some of the most common nail myths, its time for you to get to shopping for your next nails!