Acrylic Nails React to Sun Tan Lotion

Last year I had acrylic nails put on before going on a cruise. While on the cruise the sun tan lotion reacted with the nails and left a gummy finish on the acrylic. I was wondering if anyone knows of a way to prevent this besides using plastic gloves to apply the lotion? Thanks.


By homesteaddreamer from MD

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June 23, 20090 found this helpful

The only thing I know of that will make acrylic nails gummy is acetone so do not use a self tanning or outdoor tanning lotion because they usually contain acetone of some sort so use indoor tanning lotion and use non-acetone fingernail polish remover instead of acetone polish remover.

Indoor tanning lotions are made of ingredients that will not cause damage or build up on acrylic surfaces. This is because all tanning beds use 100% acrylic in the protective shields.

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July 27, 20090 found this helpful

I have never had that problem before but now I get Gel nails instead of acrylic and that are a lot better. No turning yellow and they stay white forever. Looks like real nails. I put sunscreen on grand kids and myself and no problems at all.

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July 27, 20090 found this helpful

Thanks, I guess I will try the gel nails this time. Do they give you any extra coats or anything special besides just the regular gel nails. I usually get the french manicure nails but since I am new at this I'm not always sure what to ask for. Thanks for the advice.

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