Safer Mani-Pedis: Steps You Can Take - Playing it Safe!

Some dermatologists are warning the typical 5-10-minute exposure to the light during a gel manicure could be harmful. 

A article in the Archives of Dermatology 2009 concluded “further investigation” was needed  to see if the UV nail lamps can cause cancer.

Just as dermatologists continue to recommend that wearing sunscreen should be applied on a daily basis, of course they can now also recommend wearing sunscreen on your hands when you go for a gel manicure.

Salon Safe

Here are 10 warning signs to look for when getting a gel manicure –or any manicure, according to the Professional Beauty Association.

1. Your salon uses bottles in unmarked containers.

2. The products smell unusually strong or have a strange odor.

3. Your skin is abraded or cut during the procedure.

4. The instruments used on you are not sterilized.

5. Your skin or nails hurt during or after the nail service.

The technician cannot tell you what is in the products.

7. The salon is not clean.

8. Licenses for the salon and individual operators are not visibly posted

9. You see swelling, redness or other signs of infection around your nails.

10. You are not asked to wash your hand and you do not see the nail technician wash his/her own hands before the nail service.

source: abc news: blog helth - how to keep your gel manicure safe.

Sunlight, UVA, UVB and some UVC rays, is the primary and most effective trigger to generate essential vitamin D for our bodies.

Doctors prescribe ultraviolet therapy as a treatment for many ailments, including eczema, psoriasis and depression.

Nail drying lights emit UV-A rays and not all sunscreens protect against those. That’s why dermatologists say you should be sure to apply a “broad spectrum” sunscreen that protects against both UV-A and UV-B rays before any manicure.