All Vision Gel Systems products produced in or imported to Canada, are registered with Health Canada to ensure they are safe for use and meet Health Canada's strict guidelines. The manufacturer sends us a Material Safety Data Sheets known as (MSDS or SDS) listing ALL of the ingredients and percentages for each product . For each individual product, a cosmetic notification form is submitted by computer to Health Canada listing each ingredient by its INCI name and its percentage. Health Canada reviews the submissions and lets us know if there are any concerns. Sometimes ingredients that are considered safe one day, become restricted or prohibited in the future. Because our products are registered, Health Canada has a list of every ingredient in our products, we will be notified if that happens . Your long term health & safety are important! We are doing everything we can to ensure your and your clients safety . Please make sure any nail products you are using are approved for use in Canada.
TIPS FOR SAFE APPLICATION
Often, undesirable effects aren’t caused directly by the product, but by an incorrect or unsafe application. How can you make sure you aren’t putting you or your clients at risk?
1. Understand the product you’re applying... Gel Nails require curing or hardening by ultraviolet (UV) or LED lamp. The gel is usually a mix of short urethane polymers and methacrylate polymers (such as 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) and a photoinitiator which is the ingredient required to begin something called the polymerisation process. The gel is then sculpted onto the natural nail to form the final shape and cured under a lamp which emits UV energy.
2. Avoid Skin Contact Safe use requires that any artificial nail system must not be allowed to contact any part of the skin and must only come into contact with the nail itself. This requires very careful, well educated, professional application. Allergies arising from the misuse of acrylates (gel and acrylic products) can be reduced with education and correct usage.” Please read about allergies and infections below
3. Only Apply to Healthy Nails Nails must not be damaged before applying gel polish. Damaged nails could increase absorption of an ingredient and the risk of developing reactions. If the surrounding skin is looking sore, inflamed or broken then you should also not apply any artificial nail product.
4. Wear Appropriate Gloves Wear nitrile gloves of at least 0.8mm when applying product and removing any uncured gel. Treat any tissues or wipes containing uncured gel as contaminated and do not handle them unless wearing gloves or allow them to touch the skin under any circumstances.
5. Using the correct lamp As explained above, reactions are very rarely caused by the product, but by contact with the skin of uncured gel. It is extremely important to use the correct lamp to make sure the gel is correctly and fully cured. The lamp should be tested for compatibility with the brand of gel which you are applying. It is not possible to tell if the product is fully cured just by looking at or touching the gel, so you must always follow the manufacturers' instructions and cure for the full amount of time in the correct lamp.
6. Don’t over-file Nails are a delicate part of our body and they can be affected by trauma. For example, when a nail gets caught in a car door or your stub your toe, it can cause significant bruising or even cause the nail to come off completely. The same can happen if you over file a nail or if you change gels too often.
7. Follow facts, not speculation. It’s important to remember that not everything you see is true and that not everybody who claims to be an expert is. You are a qualified professional . Always make sure you do your own independent research with your educator and check any queries with an unbiased science or health professional
ALLERGIES & INFECTIONS
As nail professionals, it’s our duty to understand fully what to do when an allergy does occur and what causes them, before carrying out any nail treatments, as the occurrence of allergies and infections not only puts the client and your business at risk but the reputation of the entire artificial nail industry. Cosmetic products are one of the safest products available to consumers. All cosmetics sold in Canada are regulated by very strict Health Canada laws This law requires ALL products sold in Canada are registered with Health Canada to ensure that the product is safe to use and contains no harmful ingredients. All of this has to happen before the product is ever sold. Almost any substance, natural or man-made can cause a reaction in somebody, somewhere. Everybody is different and we may find that one person has a reaction to something that thousands of people use without any problems. While these reactions can be very stressful and unfortunate for those who experience them, it rarely means the product is unsafe for the general population - just this individual. Most of the time a reaction will clear up by itself after the product has stopped being used. People may use a product several times, or even for years until a reaction occurs. Unless this reaction clears up quickly, it is important to always seek medical advice from your physician, who will be able to assess the issue and often, what caused it. The causes of these reactions (itchiness, rashes on the face, arms or nails, nail plate lifting or blistering) are almost always are linked to exposure of uncured acrylates. Acrylates are safe to use in cosmetics and they are a key ingredient in all artificial nail products but it is absolutely key to use them properly and safely to avoid a reaction.