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Acrylic And Gel Nails Are Toxic (But There Is An Alternative)

Acrylic And Gel Nails Are Toxic (But There Is An Alternative)

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On your wedding day, you want every detail taken care of, including your nails. Your nails will be noticed throughout the night, as you hold a bouquet and hug your loved ones. But what if your beautiful wedding nails are actually detrimental to your health?


Nails are like an extension of our skin. Under certain conditions, they will absorb chemicals and compounds, allowing toxins to get into our blood streams. The toxins found in acrylic and gel nail formulas can contain harmful chemicals that not only enter your body, but also have been linked to various eye, skin, and respiratory issues. What’s more, dermatologists have called the LED lamps used to cure nails “like tanning beds for your hands.” One 21-year-old even got melanoma on her nails after getting gel and acrylic manicures frequently for several years.


But don’t despair, you can still have gorgeous nails on your wedding day without the dangerous toxins. We rounded up the easiest, most affordable, and overall best alternatives to gel and acrylic nails that are much less damaging.


Alternatives to Acrylic and Gel Nails


Press-On Nails


Press-on nails look a lot like acrylic manicures but are much less harmful to your nail health (and usually more budget-friendly). The artificial nails are made of acrylic resin for a salon-quality manicure in the comfort of your own home. Brands like Kiss and Dashing Diva create press-on nail sets for under $10, which will free up room in your wedding budget so you can splurge on a DJ or a professional hairstylist.


alternatives to gel and acrylic nails: ulta kiss if you care enough gel fantasy nails


Shop it! Kiss If You Care Enough Gel Fantasy Nails ($7.99,


ulta dashing diva magic press go go glitter press on gel nails

Shop it! Dashing Diva Magic Press Go Go Glitter Press-On Gel Nails ($8.29,


Clean Nail Polishes From Olive & June


Meet Olive & June, an LA-based nail brand with clean nail polishes that are non-toxic, long-lasting, and affordable. In addition to its flawless polishes that come in an array of gorgeous colors, Olive & June also sells at-home manicure kits with all the nail tools and accessories you need to DIY a salon-quality manicure without even leaving your home.


RELATED: These DIY Manicure Tips From Professional Nail Artists Will Make You Forget About Your Favorite Salon



alternatives to gel and acrylic nails: olive & june everything box


Shop it! Olive & June Everything Box ($80,


If DIY isn’t really your style, you can also scoop up an Olive & June nail polish in your desired shade, then bring the color into your favorite nail salon. That way, the painting is still left to the professionals, but you know the products being used on your nails are free of harmful toxins.


Olive & June's 7-Free Nail Polish contains absolutely none of these seven damaging nail polish ingredients: toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, ethyl tosylamide, xylene, camphor, or dibutyl phtalate (DBP). The formula goes on smoothly with a radiant, lasting finish so you can dance the night away without worrying about your manicure chipping. It’ll also only set you back $8.


alternatives to gel and acrylic nails: olive & june tt 7-free nail polish


Shop it! Olive & June 7-Free Nail Polish ($8,


Gel Nail Polishes


Gel nail polishes are an excellent compromise to actual gel manicures because you get the sleek look of said manicure without being exposed to the potentially harmful effects of ultraviolet light. Brands like Deborah Lippmann and Dior create luxurious-looking gel polishes that are quick-drying and don’t need to be cured under an LED light.


nordstrom deborah lippmann shades of cool gel lab pro color set

Shop it! Deborah Lippmann Shades of Cool Gel Lab Pro Color Light ($36,


nordstrom dior vernis gel shine long wear nail lacquer


Shop it! Dior Vernis Gel Shine & Long Wear Nail Lacquer ($28,


Dip-Powdered Nails


During your next salon visit, ask for dip-powdered nails, which have a different application process than gel or acrylic that’s less damaging. No UV rays come into play. Instead, a nail artist applies clear adhesive to each nail and dips your nails into pigmented powder. After using a blush brush to remove the excess powder, the manicurist applies a clear coat. Powder manicures can be a little pricey, but they can also last for more than two weeks, meaning your wedding nails can seamlessly transition into your honeymoon.



Feeling especially crafty? You can also give yourself a powder manicure at home using kits like the Salon Dip Starter Kit from Kiss. Definitely hone your nail art in the weeks leading up to your wedding day so you can get the look just right—or you can always rock a DIY powdered manicure during your honeymoon.


ulta kiss salon dip starter kit


Shop it! Kiss Salon Dip Starter Kit ($19.99,