Nanotechnology is one of the fastest-growing industries on the planet, with research going into its use in electronics, energy, construction, and even into cosmetics.
This scale is in nanometers, with a glucose molecule being roughly one nanometer wide. Nanotechnology is the study of particles that are from one to 100 nanometers. (Smaller than the virus illustrated on this scale.) Source: National Cancer Institute.
NANO’S FIRST STEPS INTO THE NAIL INDUSTRY
In the nail industry, one of the most prominent uses of nanotechnology is seen in Entity Beauty’s Nanovive Skin Revival System and Gel One Technology. Lee-Anne Henderson, director of educational sales and distributor relations, recently returned from Germany where she spoke about Entity’s use and the safety of nanotechnology.
“The most important thing for us is education at this point, because so little is known about nanotechnology,” says Henderson. “Our skin care products use nano-spheres to deliver anti-aging vitamins to deeper layers of the skin, but they are not small enough to pass through the dermis or slip into the bloodstream. And our Gel One system uses nano particles for color saturation and stronger bonds, but once the particles cure it eliminates the risk of them going anywhere but the nail plate.”
Henderson also emphasizes that Entity’s education for application stresses to keep the product from touching the client’s skin, which is a standard procedure for any gel, and that many private companies have performed test experiments to ensure the products are safe for use.
As for the future of nanotechnology, Schoon likens the current time to when computers first came out. “No one used them for the first 10 to 15 years, because they had to develop the software and hardware to make them practical, and then get the cost down. But once everyone could buy one it revolutionized how we live. I think nanotechnology will prove similar, but it will take some years before we start to see a widespread shift.”