Saturday, I went to the beach with Ashton and Laura. I laid out and got in the water. Of course, I wore sunscreen because I burn really bad without it (and I reapplied!) After laying out for a while, I noticed my perfect french manicure was sticking to the sand! I wear acrylic nails by the way. I tried to wash them off with clean water...still sticky. Clean them up with a towel...still sticky. I finally gave up until I got home. When I got home and took a shower, I scrubbed them with a nail brush. The sand came off, but they were still sticky! I tried putting clear top coat on them and it literally melted off! It never dried and it became like an oil. I gave up and decided that I would get them fixed on Monday. They finally hardened up again and they look terrible!!! I could not figure out what was wrong with them. Well, I googled it and apparently it is sunscreen! There are emulsifiers in sunscreen and they literally eat away and dissolve the top layer of acrylic (and based on my research, I think regular manicured nails also are affected) So this really wouldn't be a problem except for the following facts:
1. I live in Georgia on the coast! I live in the boat in the summer! Sunscreen is not optional!
2. I'm leaving to go on a cruise on Sunday! I have already paid for excursions that involve sand, water, and sunscreen.
3. I have weak and brittle nails that will not grow past the quick if I don't keep them manicured with acrylic (or gel or something like that. They are all affected by sunscreen)
There are some sunscreens that are okay, but there is no listing of what is okay and is not okay. Instead, the Internet sites suggest trying out the sunscreen in the store with a glass mirror that has your polish dried on it. Uh, not so practical! Also, I have already bought 3 bottles of sunscreen and I am not buying more! The only option I can think of is to wear latex gloves when I am applying. I told Thomas I was doing this and he laughed at me. FYI - if I do this, I will only be applying in the privacy of my stateroom! It's really weird that this happened! I have worn acrylic nails before this summer and never had this problem! It's a good thing this happened before the cruise so that I can go buy some latex gloves!