Popular gel manicures may pose certain risks, explains Dr. Joel Schlessinger.
According to an article from the Washington Times, gel manicures are becoming more and more popular among women. During this process, the polish is applied to natural nails, avoiding the need for damaging and uncomfortable acrylic nails. This more durable and quick-drying manicure is even popular with Nancy Schlessinger, wife of Dr. Joel Schlessinger.
“It’s a hybrid product, not a gel but a cross between nail polish and gel,” said Nancy. This makes the finish last longer without chipping or fading.
While getting gel manicures can save time and money, having them done regularly can pose serious health risks according to Dr. Joel Schlessinger.
UV drying devices used during gel manicures can cause skin cancer, reveals Dr. Joel Schlessinger.
After the polish is applied, many salons use UV light devices to dry the nails. The special blend of polish and gel requires UV light to set and solidify the manicure and prevent smudging.
According to Dr. Joel Schlessinger, these lamps increase an individual’s risk of contracting skin cancer on the hands and feet. Read more about this risk and other nail salon dangers in Dr. Joel Schlessinger’s blog article.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains how to protect yourself against skin cancer risks at the salon.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger advocates using LED lamps rather than UV lamps to dry your gel manicure. These devices do not emit ultraviolet radiation so there is no risk of skin damage. Look for salons that use these risk-free drying devices rather than UV light machines.
If your salon does use UV lamps, Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends applying sunscreen to your hands or feet prior to your appointment as Nancy does. This can help protect against ultraviolet rays and minimize your risk of skin cancer.
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