Gel manicures have risen in popularity over the last few years. Long lasting polish without the damaging effects of acrylic, who would not want to kiss “regular” polish goodbye and trade it in for polish lasting up to 2-4 weeks? What most of us know is that if something sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
Anne Chapas, MD, featured dermatologist on Dr. Oz’s show, “Ugly Truth About Gel Manicures”, discussed a recent study stating that, “one application and removal of a gel manicure can thin the nail by 50 percent.” As there is not enough scientific evidence that gel manicures can increase the chance of skin cancer, there are several studies and problems identified by the American Academy of Dermatology that suggest that gel manicures can increase chances of nail bacterial infections, allergies and thinning nails.
The Application Process:
- Remove oils, from nails
- Apply base coat
- Dry each coat of polish under an Ultra Violet lamp
Gel Manicure Removal Problems
- Exposure to Ultra Violet Radiation
- Fingers and nails soaking in harmful chemical such as Acetone
- Damage to nails from technician tools that inflict the scrapping of nail layers and damage to nail cuticle
As many women will still receive Gel Manicures, below are tips for a safer manicure:
Tips for Safer Gel Manicure
- Apply a SPF sunscreen to hands before the application
- Purchase and apply Anti Ultra Violet Gloves that only expose the finger tips
- Find a salon that uses LED lights, these lights use a smaller does of Ultra Violet ray
- Apply a top coat free of toluene, formaldehyde and DBP to polish every night to extend the life of your manicure
- Try Polish with Len & zoya
- Bring your own tools to the manicure session
According to the Professional Beauty Association- Nail Manufacturers council on safety, “gel nail products, their application with the use of UV lights and removal are safe when used as directed… the amount of UV exposure is equivalent to very minimal additional sun exposure. These small lamps, which are used every two to three weeks and take 15 seconds to 2 minutes to cure per coat, are nothing like tanning beds.”
You be the judge if this manicure is right for you. Is it worth it?