Would you stop getting shellac and gel manicures if you knew they caused cancer? Last week, a developing story hit the net that suggested just that. According to Elma Baron, a dermatologist at Case Western University, shellac and gel manicures could cause skin cancer due to the ultra violet light used to dry nails, the same light cautioned against in tanning beds.
For some of us, this discovery comes as a disappointing shock. Who doesn't love the convenience and glow of gel manicures? Not only does the polish last for up to two weeks with no chipping, but there is nothing like the shine and finish of gel polish on your nails. Now, before you start mourning your fancy manicure, there may be a solution to maintain your shellac manicure AND healthy hands and skin.
We spoke with Co-director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery in Washington, D.C., Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, and she had some insight on the popular beauty story that has girls fearing their next nail salon visit. According to Elizabeth, we don't have to cancel our next gel appointment just yet. She says, "This risk of developing skin cancer from the UV light exposure during a gel manicure is small, but it's not harmless." She goes on to suggest that we invest in fingerless gloves to protect our hands from the light when it is turned on. Esther's Nail Center sells great fingerless gloves for only $5.95.
Another way to curb damage to your skin from UV light is to ask your nail technician to use an LED nail dryer if possible. Not only does this method dry your gel quicker, but it also promises to be less harmful to your skin.
There you have it, ladies. No need to abandon your nail regimen all together. Be sure to use healthy and safe tips to curb any risk of diseases and cancer in the future.