Gel Manicure Alert

Well here comes another cancer scare alert.  Something to think about since you really don't need to get a gel manicure.
What is a gel manicure?  A gel manicure is a type of manicure that uses gel to bind the synthetic fingernails to  the natural nail.  Gel can also be applied over natural nails to keep them healthy and long.
Gel nails are odorless, do not consist of the same acid that acrylic nails do; they are healthier (or so they said).
Gel manicures are popular because they don’t chip and they last at least twice as long as regular nail polish. They range in price from $25 to $45.
But here comes the down side


Women who frequently get gel manicures should consider their skin-cancer risk because the UV light used in the gel manicure is a risk factor for skin cancer, stated in a recent article in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
LED lamps are used in drying regular nail polish and don’t pose a health risk because they don’t emit ultraviolet radiation. Some skin cancers are caused by exposure to certain ultraviolet light.  The lengthy dose of UV light used to dry the gel is known to damage skin cells much the same way as tanning beds do.
As is the case with most things, moderation is the key when it comes to gel manicures, if you get them regularly, you need to be aware of the possible consequences.

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