by Emily Abbate
Gel manicures, have you heard of 'em? You know, the ones that don't chip and last twice as long as regular manicures? Well, there's new research that says gel manicures are a risk factor for skin cancer due to the UVA rays emitted from special UV drying lamps -- eeeeeek! Get this: two women who had no history of skin cancer developed tumors on their hands after getting frequent manis. OK, I'm definitely skeeved.
Yeah, I've only gotten two gel manicures in my life, but they were positively amazing. Both times my nails were dry instantly in the salon, the polish lasted for three FULL weeks, and I felt like my nails were shining as if I had gotten them done three seconds before the entire time.
No, the fact that these UV drying lamps can cause cancer doesn't make me want to run to the salon and get another one. But let's be real, though, what doesn't cause cancer these days?
OK, so maybe that's me being a little bit of a pessimist. But really, is it not every four seconds that we hear about some new study revealing the next HUGE cancer causer? One second it's school supplies, the next it's your cellphone, then it's breast implants, then it's the caramel color in your Coke. If we were to listen to all of these warnings, we'd be sitting locked inside of our rooms only leaving to get water and food (all-natural, organic food -- that is).
In light of the new study, all we can do is be alert. When you go to get a gel manicure, make sure to put sunscreen on your hands before placing them under the UV lamp. Yeah, it may feel silly at the time, but it isn't silly if it can protect you from the harmful rays. Also, make sure to get these manicures in moderation. Instead of heading to the salon every three weeks on the dot, check in once every few months and make it more of a treat. You skin (and your bank account) will be grateful for it!
Do you get gel manicures? Does hearing this news make you nervous?