Do Manicure UV Lamps Give You Cancer? No, Study Says.


(Photos courtesy of Sally Hansen)

By now its common knowledge (or should be) that skin cancer is directly linked to UV ray exposure. But up until this point, it's been hazy on whether the UV lamps used for gel manis could increase your risk of developing the disease.

Well, ladies, worry no more. A new study published in Journal of Investigative Dermatology found that it would take 13,000 to 40,000 nail-drying sessions—approximately one mani a week for 250 years—to minimally raise your risk of getting skin cancer.

Unlike the damaging rays emitted in tanning bed lamps, the light used in freaky-fast gel manicure dryers feature "narrowband UVB" rays, which, the report said, are regarded as safer and are often used to help treat skin conditions like psoriasis.


So basically, feel free to follow in Hailee Steinfeld's footsteps—she recently treated guests to at-home gel manicures at her 16th birthday bash—and go wild with the gel manis. Just, for good measure, lather on some sunscreen before you do. It couldn't hurt, right?

Tell us, have you been wary of getting gel manicures because of skin cancer woes? Are you more likely now to get one or will you wait for more research to come out first? Sound off with your thoughts/questions/concerns in the comments, below!
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