Gel manicure potential dangers
POSTED: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 11:30pm
UPDATED: Monday, December 16, 2013 - 3:52pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Gel manicures are the latest craze to hit salons across the country.
While the manicure may last two weeks or more, the tools used to finish the manicure could actually be dangerous to your health.
It's a process that requires several coats of polish and the secret is curing each coat under a UV light to a rock hard finish that last and lasts.
"These UV lights predominantly emit radiation in the UVA range the ultraviolet A range and this is the same range, the same light source that's predominantly used in tanning beds," said skin surgeon, Dr. Paul Martinelli. "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."
Doctors have not yet determined how much affect these lights can have.
Doctors say be aware UVA can also make your skin look older faster.
If you do go get gel manicures use a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or greater, and cut the exposure time as much as possible.