Mar 29, 2012 11:55 AM by NBC, MN
Gel manicures for your nails promise picture perfect nails for two weeks or more!
But part of that process could be hazardous to your health.
Getting gel nails involves a process requiring four to five coats of polish, and curing each coat under a UV light to a rock hard finish that lasts longer.
Doctors say these UV lights predominantly emit radiation in the UVA range. This is the same range, the same light source that's predominantly used in tanning beds and it's known to be carcinogenic and cumulative exposure over time will cause an increased risk or association of skin cancers of all kinds including melanoma.
But some doctors are pointing out UVA can also cause the skin to age prematurely.
So if you are going to get the manicures, they recommend using a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or greater.
Also, cut the exposure time as much as possible.
Some salons use special LED lights that cure in a minute and a half rather than 10 to 12 minutes like traditional UV lights.
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