Updated: Sep 18, 2020
By Renata Block, MMS, PA-C
I am super excited to share February’s GiGi Approved product with you all. Let me start by saying that I am a simple girl. So simple, that I only get my nails on my hands buffed every four weeks and only polish my toes during the summer. Working as a Dermatology PA-C, I see a lot of skin and nail issues that can result from chronic exposure to agents we use to make them look pretty. In the end, you are exposing yourself to ingredients that can do more harm than good such as the increased risk of reactions or infections, damage to the nails such as weakness, and even photoaging to our skin from the UV light we use to finish things off.
So enter Rarity Nails, the new concept of beautiful nails. I believe it is an attractive option for people just like me who never polish their nails but want the alternative of something special when it is needed. That said, my first application was an epic failure, LOL! Moving forward, I honestly would have someone apply them for me but not without trying again, stay tuned!
Nail Wraps are less likely to damage the nail than regular polish or worse yet what the damage from acrylics and gels, if not applied properly, can do. This cruelty-free option has ingredients such as Propenoic acid (aka acrylic acid – used in coatings and adhesives), nitrocellulose (a film former), safe solvents such as ethyl acetate, butyl acetate, as well as acrylic polymer (adhesive), dipentaerythritol hexaacrylate(colorant), isopropyl alcohol, and StearalkoniuM Hectorite (suspending agent). It may also contain synthetic iron oxides (used as coloring agents).
It is free of 17 toxins typically seen in nail polish such as formaldehyde, resin, Toluene, DBP, Camphor, Ethyl, Tosylamide, Xylene, Triphenyl, Phosphate, Parabens, Acetone, Lead, Cadmium, Arsenic, Mercury, and Soluble Nickel. I am especially thankful for Arsenic not being part of it. On a side note, back in the day, people were eating Arsenic to lighten their complexion! However, per the FDA products on the market, today can still contain trace amounts of these compounds such as Arsenic, lead, and mercury and feel they pose no health risk (I think I will pass, thank you).
My beautiful friend and colleague Heather is my representative for this wonderful nail option, so I recommend you visit her page to purchase your set! In the meantime, I will try again but will watch this video first! Please visit Heather’s Posh Nail Boutique for the opportunity to purchase eight and get one free, which equals the price of one no-chip mani at the salon! Voila! Also, please share your experience with me. Muah!????
Diva Tip: Gels need UV light for “curing,” which can cause an increased risk of photoaging to your hands.
Renata Block is the creator of Savvy Derm Diva™ and is a Dermatology Physician Assistant practicing at Advanced Dermatology & Aesthetic Medicine, LLC in Chicago. Follow her on IG, Twitter, and FB @savvydermdiva