The Reality of Air-Drying Gel Polish: Is It Even Possible?

Will Gel Polish dry by air?

The brief response is no. Oxygen hinders the curing of gel nails. Because air prevents gel molecules from combining to harden, the gel polish will never cure in the air. Gel nail varnish will never cure naturally, regardless of how long you leave it out. I know this because I attempted to apply some to the cap of one of my nail varnishes, and it remained moist and supple for weeks. You need a UV or LED (Light Emitting Device) light.

Using an LED (Light Emitting Diode) lamp to dry (or cure) gel varnish.

How do you cure gel polish?

Sorry ladies and gentlemen, but no amount of hand flailing will dry your nail varnish in the air.

When discussing gel varnish, using the term cure instead of dry is preferable. Curing is the process of hardening or toughening a material in chemistry. Gel nail varnish is cured (or solidified) using a UV or LED lamp.

Curing gel nail varnish is simple. Apply the polish, place your hand under the illuminator, and select the start button. Keep your hand still and wait for the lamp’s light to go out.

Several lamps can treat every single hand at once. You can also do the fingertips and thumbs separately (four fingers simultaneously, followed by both thumbs).

How long does gel varnish take to dry?

Good tidings, young men and women! There is no faster method for treating your cuticles in less time. Gel nail polish dries (or cures) considerably faster than traditional nail varnish.

The time required to cure your cuticles can vary based on the type of lamp used. LED lamps appear somewhat faster. The curing time is also dependent on how densely the varnish was applied.

When painting your nails with gel, you should always apply multiple extremely thin layers, as thin as possible. If you do not do this, there is a chance that your nails will not cure correctly, and you will have to redo them. Additionally, it would help if you cured between each coat, including the topcoat and the undercoat.

Some appliances can cure your cuticles in 15 seconds or less. I use a 120W UV LED Nail lamp that is quick. It has four drying periods, ranging from 10 seconds to 99 seconds.

My previous nail lamp had a 2-minute curing time, which doesn’t seem like a long time at first, but eventually becomes tedious and feels like an eternity. I always choose the 30-second option because it yields the greatest results.

Now that I am accustomed to using gel nail polish, it takes me longer to apply the gel polish than it does for my manicures to dry under the lamp.

Some gel manicure lamps are designed to allow for simultaneous application to the entire hand, including the forefinger. It is speedier. Before I upgraded to my current lamp (described above), I was curing four digits on each hand separately, followed by my thumbs (together).

Therefore, if you can locate a lamp that will illuminate your entire hand simultaneously, this is better from a time-saving perspective.

Why won’t gel varnish cure naturally?

Oxygen is an enemy of gel nail polish curing. Gel polish will never cure in the air because air prevents gel molecules from combining and hardening.

Gel nail varnish must be exposed to either ultraviolet or LED light to dry or cure. Gel nail varnish absorbs light, which causes it to harden.

The upper layers of the polymer absorb the greatest amount of light during the curing process. It means that the layers beneath will not cure if the varnish is too densely. If you desire a successful cure, you must always apply the applications thinly.

Short exposures of the palms to UV light are completely harmless. It is equivalent to being exposed to normal radiation.

Is it possible to cure gel nail varnish without a lamp?

As previously discussed, air-drying gel varnish is ineffective. Oxygen hinders the healing process. So, is there an alternative to using a lamp to cure nail gel nail polish?

Without a lamp, applying gel nail extensions at home is possible. You would need a special system containing an activator, such as the “ultra-quick brush on gel kit” from Nailene.

However, these no-lamp systems utilize artificial nails as the base and are designed to produce gel manicures with a natural appearance. There is no pigmented gel varnish included.

Gel nail treatments do not require a base or top varnish. However, the lamp is always necessary for drying gel nail varnish.

How frequently should I replace the light bulb in my lamp?

Over time, the light output of the LEDs used in gel lamps can diminish. You must replace bulbs if your lamp is not curing effectively.

The frequency of bulb replacement will depend on how often you use the lamp. If you are a salon professional who uses it daily, you should replace the bulbs every two to four months.

If you only do your manicures at home, you will not need to replace the bulbs frequently.

Regularly clean the nail dust off the bulbs in your lamp, as this can affect their performance.

Can I cure gel nails in a tanning bed?

UV light has been the primary technique for curing nail products for over three decades.

While the technology in a sunbed and a gel UV lamp is quite similar in principle, it is not recommended to cure gel nail varnish in a sunbed. There are numerous scientific explanations for this, including wavelengths and light intensity.

The specific wavelength and intensity necessary to cure gel nail varnish can vary by product. It occurs when I attempt to use an Essie product with my lighting. The formula must not have been suitable with my lamp, as none of my nails cured.

To achieve the best outcomes, nail lamps are designed with the proper wavelength and distance. It is extremely challenging to replicate with a sunbed.

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