Up to a few months ago, I had never tried gel nails – I had heard terrible things about them ruining your nail beds and not letting your nails breathe, so I always stuck to regular polish. Yet a three-week trip to Australia over Christmas, where I knew I’d have no time for reapplication and wanted my nails to resist sand and sea, made me test this treatment. I decided to try it on my toes at my local store (Swanky, in London), and my pedicure remained glossy perfection for the entire three weeks. The process involves applying between two to three coats of a special polish that dries underneath a UV light and is sealed off with a special gloss at the top. It can last over a month on your toes. Don’t try to remove it yourself, as the polish has to be soaked and removed professionally so that you don’t damage your nail beds. Provided you let your nails ‘breathe’ for a few weeks in-between polishes and you don’t do it all year round, I have found it a really effective treatment for a long-lasting, chip-proof pedicure.