Monthly manicure maintenance is growing in popularity. According to the Artificial Nails Market Research Report, by 2023, the rise could result in a market value of 2.23 Billion. Nail design historically goes back to 5,000 BC archeologists discovered an Egyptian mummy with ‘henna-tinted fingertips. Nail art allows self-expression and creativity.
But. Should we be worried about the health implications that our nail art and artificial nails could bring in the future?
Recent studies have been unpacking the newfound concern with the modern-day manicure. With polishes popping up such as Gel and SNS that offer long-lasting wear that is more durable, it may cost our skin.
Using a UV light on nails with gel and sns allows the liquid and dip powder to cure and dry quicker and more even. However, using UV light every 2-3 weeks has severe health consequences for the delicate skin around the nail. It is estimated that an individual may sit 6-10 minutes under the UV emitting lamps, which are known to cause skin cancer.
Studies are ongoing. One study stated that they could not clearly say UV lights cause skin cancer during manicures. However, research also tells us that prolonged UV light on the skin, such as tanning, can increase our risk of developing skin cancers such as melanoma. So, can we achieve these beautifully manicured looks without damaging our skin?
The answer is still debated, but knowing the risks and taking precautions can help ease anxiety and keep our hands looking healthy.
Risks with UV light manicures:
- Premature skin aging: Excessive exposure to UV light can age your skin prematurely.
- Weakened nails: Gel manicures, in particular, although long-lasting, can weaken our natural nails, especially with added impact of UV light.
- Skin cancer: Using UV light for extended periods risks skin cancers and melanoma.
Below are tips that can help in decreasing risks and exposure:
- Special Occasions: Using gel manicures, acrylics, or anything that uses UV light for a special occasion. Many of these polishes or powders can be worn for three weeks up to a month, so wearing them for that time can help.
- Gloves: There have been different gloves created for manicures. They expose the tip of the nail protecting the rest of the hand from the UV light.
- Creams: Some salons offer creams that can help protect skin from the light. If your salon does not provide these services, try purchasing your own to carry.
- Stretching Styles: Who doesn’t love a fresh set? Sometimes though, that means more risk of exposure when wearing for the 3- 1 month mark is more beneficial.
We love to see the individual and community ways we express beauty and art! However, we hope that as we navigate these moments of expressing ourselves, we also remember our safety and health.
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