What is the purpose of acrylic nails

Art vs. nature: how harmful are acrylic nails?

"Never marry a woman who paints her fingernails but not her toenails." Advice that some sons get to hear. What is meant is: Do not marry someone for whom it is more important to look good to the outside world than - regardless of the appreciation by others - to treat yourself to something loving.
This advice can be argued, but it contains (as is so often the case) a grain of truth. With all the joy of the external effect: Please also take care of yourself!

Which brings us to the topic of acrylic nails.

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What are the advantages of artificial or acrylic nails?

  • Artificial nails last longer than traditional painting, so you don't have to worry about them that often.
  • They don't chip off.
  • Artificial nails prevent you from biting your nails.
  • Short nails can be extended with it.
  • Nail polish remover often contains acetone. So if you repaint your nails every three or four days, you are exposing yourself to more acetone. It is actually wiser to use artificial nails that are only changed every three weeks. (However, this argument is invalid if you use nail polish remover without acetone.)

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What speaks against artificial or acrylic nails?

Now and then artificial nails have not harmed anyone. But in the long run they are not good for the natural nail.

  • Acrylic nails (and gel nails too) contain methacrylic acid. This dries out the nail underneath and makes it porous.
  • Acrylic nails are dried or polished in nail studios under UV or LED lamps. LED lamps are not a problem. But UV rays are carcinogenic and cause the skin to age prematurely. (That's why sunbathing should be enjoyed with great caution ...)
  • Acrylic nails are removed with a concentrated acetone bath. This degreases nails and cuticles massively. The cuticles become thinner and also more prone to inflammation.
  • To prepare the nails for artificial nails, the surface is filed and milled. This makes the horny layer thinner and the natural nail is less protected.

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What to do?

Take a break. There are gentler alternatives to acrylic (e.g. fiberglass nails), but they can be quite expensive. The good news: nails grow back. There is no irreversible damage. However, it can take up to nine months for chipped nails to completely regenerate. Treat your nails to a Japanese manicure.

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