Doing your own gel manicures isn't as difficult as it might seem, as long as you have the right tools. Most importantly, you're going to need one of the best UV nail lamps — which should have multiple timer settings, an automatic sensor, and enough room to fit at least one hand — as well as a bottle of gel nail polish and a gel top coat. But before scrolling down to shop the best UV nail lamps on Amazon, it's important to arm yourself with some key gel manicure tips.
First, because curing your nails under a UV lamp does pose the risk of skin damage, you'll want to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen (with an SPF of at least 30 or higher) on your hands before starting your manicure. Alternatively, you could wear fingerless gloves — and you'll find a great pair designed specifically to protect hands from ultraviolet rays at the very end of this list.
Also, to prevent nail damage, it's crucial that you remove your gel polish properly. Soak some cotton balls in acetone, place them on your nails, wrap them in tinfoil, and wait around 15 minutes. The polish should come off easily after that. Afterwards, follow up with a great cuticle oil or nail cream. And whatever you do, don't pick at your polish — that can really mess up your nails.