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Are Gel Manicures Safe?

We’ve finally found the answer to long-lasting nail polish: Gel manicures and pedicures!

Gel nails have become more popular, as it is much harder for the polish to chip or peel compared to a normal manicure or pedicure. While it is certainly worth getting a manicure that looks like it was just freshly done for weeks, it is wise to get them as infrequently as possible. This is because the ultraviolet (UV) lamps used in these nail treatments damage cells that cause serious risks for the skin.

Why Do Gel Nail Treatments Use UV Light?

Gel nail treatments typically use ultraviolet (UV) light in order to harden the gel nail polish, allowing for a long-lasting effect. This drying step is critical to the success of the manicure and pedicure, but it can be very tough on the nails and the skin around the nail.

Why Can UV Nail Treatments be Harmful?

Studies show that UV nail dryers can cause damage to DNA and lead to mutations in human cells that heighten the risk of skin cancer. In addition to the detrimental effects of long exposure to these UV rays, removal of the gel manicure can ultimately leave the nails brittle and weak and cause premature aging of the hands.

How Often Should I Get Gel Manicures?

Due to the use of UV rays in gel nail treatments, it is recommended to get them as rarely as possible. When getting a gel nail treatment, it is wise to protect yourself by wearing sunscreen on your hands, as this will protect the skin from the UV rays. One can also wear special dark gloves with fingertip splits before applying the nail polish.

This will allow for maximum protection while getting your gorgeous long-lasting nails! Want more useful tips? Follow our blog or contact Marmur Medical today for all of your skincare and dermatology needs. Marmur Medical is the premier dermatology practice in NYC.