Popular Gel Manicures Pose Health Concerns

CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

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NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Many women would agree that gel manicure is a great breakthrough in manicures and pedicures.

It’s very popular because of its longevity and it’s chip-resistant shine. But it comes with some health concerns.

Dermatologists are concerned about the its safety, not because of the polish but because of the lamps that are used to dry the gel.

The lamps have special ultra-violent bulbs that emit UV rays that physicians say could cause cancer.

“It is actually damaging the skin causing aging, pre skin cancer, skin cancer kind of changes,” Dr. Elaine Cook told CBS News.

She also says frequent manicures under U-V lights can prevent oxygen from reaching your natural nails and make them brittle.

So when you hit the salon, ask what lights the technician uses. Try limiting the exposure to U-V lights. Use sunscreen on your hands when…

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