As long as you're properly equipped, you can give yourself a salon-level gel manicure at home — think of all the time and money you'll save in the long run. All you need is one of the best at-home gel nail kits, which should include gel polish, a base and top coat, a UV curing lamp, and manicure tools. Before you get to shopping, though, some important gel manicure tips.
Since gel manicures can be hard on your nails, dermatologist Charlotte Birnbaum, with whom Bustle spoke for this article, suggests taking breaks in between gel manicures, rather than doing them back to back. Beyond that, though, the American Academy of Dermatology has a few other recommendations to keep your nails and hands healthy and safe. First, since the UV lamps that are used to cure gel polishes emit ultraviolet rays, it's important to apply sunscreen on your hands before doing your gel manicure. Also, never pick at your gel polish to try to remove it. Instead, soak just your nails, not your entire hand, in acetone, then carefully push any remaining polish off. (For an in-depth guide on how to remove gel nail polish, Bustlebreaks it down here.)