Depending on your experience, UV gel manicures are either the best invention ever or the scourge of the beauty industry. We’ve always been conflicted, based on the annoyance factor in getting the stuff off and the unclear risk of sticking your hands under a UV light.
Well, now the Skin Cancer Foundation has officially released a statement on the popular nail salon procedure. Elizabeth Hale, MD, the foundation’s vice president said:
Research has shown that ultraviolet (UV) radiation-emitting devices are carcinogenic to humans. Although studies have shown that the skin cancer risk associated with UVR-emitting nail lamps for gel manicures is very low, it is not insignificant. The risk, according to anecdotal research, is greatest for squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), the second most common skin cancer. An estimated 700,000 cases of SCC are diagnosed each year in the US, resulting in approximately 2,500 deaths. SCC is mainly caused by chronic UV exposure and is very common on the hands and around the fingernails.
So basically they’re saying that while the risk of skin cancer is small, it’s definitely there.
The statement goes on to recommend that you apply a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 (here’s my fave!) prior to getting a gel mani.
Does this new warning concern you, or will you still get gel manis?