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Here's How Often You Can Get Manicures Without Ruining Your Nails

It differs for regular and gel polish.
ART Naomi Torrecampo

When it comes to nail polish, girl generally fall into three camps: those who cringe at the sight of chipped polish and must avert all crises with regular touch-ups and salon sessions; those who indulge in the occasional mani-pedi, usually on special days; and those who just don't care and are perfectly fine going au naturel. If you're part of the third set, well done. But if manicures are a constant occurrence in your life, read on.

MarieClaire.com reached out Danielle Candido, Morgan Taylor Lacquer and Gelish lead educator, and here's what she had to say: To keep those nails in tiptop condition, limit regular polish use to once a week. She warns, however, that "if you are having a Brazilian-style manicure, where the cuticle and eponychium (tissue surrounding the nail) is all cut away, only have that done once a month or even less, because problems can stem from removing the cuticles, such as hangnails, cuts along the cuticle line, infection, and dry, broken cuticles." 

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As for gel manicures, twice a month is okay, but no more than that. And needless to say, if you think your nails are getting brittle and yellow from all those heavy layers, a little downtime won’t hurt. Load up on nourishing oils and creams in between paint jobs—your tips and toes will thank you for it.

This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Candymag.com editors.

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