A new study shows that gel manicures may cause UV light damage. Here's everything you need to know about the risks involved.
– Skin damage – Aging – Increased risk of skin cancer
Doctors refer to the UV nail lamps used to dry your nails as miniature tanning beds, meaning that they pose the same risks as tanning beds.
They found that 20 minutes of exposure led to 20 to 30% of cells dying, while three consecutive 20-minute exposures resulted in a whopping 65 to 70% of cells dying.
One way to reduce the risk of damage to your hands is to apply broad-spectrum sunblock with zinc and titanium around your nails.