Why is basecoat so important to healthy nails, long lasting polish?
There are multiple reasons for this. I often hear from consumers that their nail polish doesn’t stay on or it chips. This can be caused by many things. For example: Are your hands in water constantly? Do you do a lot of typing? Do you like to spend time in the garden planting those beautiful flowers? Sometimes I even hear that basecoat isn’t necessary and it’s just a company trying to sell you something else.
The fact is basecoat is amazing and was created to protect your nail bed from pigments in your nail lacquer.
You see, the type of nail bed you have (and they’re not all the same) can determine how the pigments interact with your nail plate. Have you ever gone to take nail polish off and realized your nail bed is now the color of the polish you were just wearing? This happens when you fail to use a basecoat and the lacquer penetrates layers of your nail. This is known as nail staining and it is no fun.
In order to remove nail staining you must subject your nails to additional nail polish removers which in turn can dry your nail plate out. In the worst cases, the only way to remove the stains is to use a 180-grit file or use a buffer to file away layers of your nail. Using the right basecoat protects you from this…it acts as a barrier from the lacquer to your nail plate.
Additionally, in response to why your lacquer might only stay on a short time, the fact is that basecoat increases lacquer longevity. Using LBK Nails basecoat will greatly increase your wear ability along with proper preparation of the nail plate. Because your body creates oils, it is essential to ensure that you are removing any oils from your nail plate. You can do this by simply wiping your nails with alcohol before application.
So, why then is basecoat necessary to extend the wear of your lacquer?
Basecoat is formulated to act like double sided sticky tape…very unique and extremely important. Its formulated 1) to stick to the nail plate on one side while at the same time protecting the nail bed and 2) to grab the pigments in the lacquer on the other side and to hold it all together on the nail bed.
So, if you are having trouble with staining or your lacquer doesn’t seem to hold up the way you would like it to, give LBK Nails basecoat a try.
Just remember to always start with a clean dry surface when applying the basecoat.
I hope this resolves some of the issues you might be having with your lacquer!