The Risks of Getting Your Nails Done
- Created: May 21, 2014
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Some women are regulars on going to the nail salon to get their nails done or maintained. The new trend is the gel polish manicure, which is maintains a perfect look after two weeks despite washing dishes and other daily activities.
However, there have been a few cases of women getting skin cancer on the backs of their hands from the UV exposure when getting their gel nail polish done at the salon. Dr. Lyndsay Shipp, a dermatologist at Georgia Regents University, investigated to see if the amount of UV from nail dryers are associated with skin cancer. Her results showed that the amount of UV levels are low, however, the amount of UV emitted varied among different machines and devices.
Photoaging was also another concern from the UV exposure at nail salons. The UV light expedites the aging of skin. Dermatologists recommend using sunscreen and photoprotective gloves to reduce the amount of UV exposure on the skin.
Skin is not the only thing that is being exposed to the UV light, but eyes as well. UV exposure is the leading cause of blindness in older people. Dr. Zoe Draelos, a dermatologist at High Point, suggests that eye protection such as sunglasses should also be worn in salons to protect the eyes.
There are some risks to getting a manicure; however, this should not completely deter women from going to the salon. The risks are minimal and can be avoided by protecting ourselves from the UV lights.
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Written by: Katherine Chua
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