One, Two or Three Gel Manicures at Spa Touch, LLC (50% Off)

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Gel polishes can last up to two weeks, much like the goldfish you won in a game of dice. Get a hot hand with this Groupon.

Choose from Three Options

  • $25 for one gel manicure ($50 value)
  • $50 for two gel manicures ($100 value)
  • $75 for three gel manicures ($150 value)

Cuticles: Defending Your Digits

Cuticles form an occasionally contested border between skin and nail. Learn how nail technicians can safely get them into good condition with Groupon’s investigation.

No one pays much attention to cuticles until they start causing trouble. Either they grow thick enough to intrude on a uniform manicure or they tear and cause pain. But the clingy strips of skin at the bottom of each nail actually perform some important functions. First, cuticles act as protective barriers that help new keratin cells grow into long, healthy nails instead of short, creepy talons. Second, they help keep bacteria out of the nail bed, where it can cause painful infections.

Though some nail salons offer to trim your cuticles during a manicure, the risk of infection—even with properly sanitized instruments—may outweigh any aesthetic benefit. After all, cuticles will grow back no matter what, so even a temporarily neater line at the base of the nail is unlikely to last for more than a few days. But nail technicians do have ways of fashioning smooth ovals or almond shapes without exposing the nail to dangerous intruders. First, they’ll avoid tearing the skin by making sure it’s as soft and supple as possible. An intensive moisturizer will help, as will a soak in a bowl of warm water. Once the hands are well-conditioned, the tech will begin carefully, gently working with a cuticle stick, first pushing the cuticles back and then, with a tiny circular motion, buffing away any dead skin remnants and dried-on cupcake frosting still clinging to the nail.

In a Nutshell

Nail technicians primps nails with clipping and filing before protecting them with glossy gel polish

The Fine Print

Expires 90 days after purchase. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Valid only for option purchased. Limit 1 per person. Appointment required. Valid only with Karen. 48-hr cancellation notice required. Only valid for clients who have not been within the last 3 months. Fee for non-polish product removal is included in the deal. Spa only uses professional quality CND Shellac. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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