Are UV Lights at the Nail Salon Dangerous?

3 Must Know Manicure Facts

There’s a lot of controversy brewing in the nail world over the use of UV lights to speed the drying time of traditional nail polishes after a manicure and to set Gel manicures. But what’s fact and what’s fiction – and do you really need to worry about UV exposure at the nail salon?

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What you need to know about UV exposure at the nail salon…

UV Nail Lamps are safer than natural sunlight. According to Dr. Robert M. Sayre, Ph.D., creator of the SPF rating systems and leading photo-biologist/UV researcher in the US, you have less to worry about at the nail salon than you do walking to and from the nail salon. In fact, Doug Schoon, CND’s Chief Scientific Advisor and author of Nail Structure and Product Chemistry, tells us that the exposure from a bi-weekly UV manicure is equivalent to “an extra 1-2 minutes in daylight each day between salon visits.” Meaning exposure is minimal, at most.

Your office lighting could be more dangerous! Dr. David Valia, Director of Research and Development for CND, says, “The amount of energy from a UV lamp during a nail service would be roughly equivalent to the amount of UV exposure one would experience during a typical day of exposure in indoor fluorescent lighting.” And neither – thankfully – are much to worry about. More problematic is when you’re driving. Your hands ands get more UV exposure holding the steering wheel of a car or talking on a cell phone outside than they do from the use of UV nail lamps.

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Hand are less susceptible to UV exposure. Although hands are the most exposed during a manicure (and hands do show signs of aging), hands are also less susceptible to UV sensitivity than other parts of your body. According to Dr. Sayre, “It would take 6 – 10x more exposure to your hands to produce mild sunburn than it would to produce a burn on your face, abdomen or back. UV Nail Lamps are used on one of the least susceptible parts of your body.”

Bottom Line: There’s not too much to worry about but, just like you put sunscreen on your face, we recommend putting sunscreen on your hands throughout the day as well.

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