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UV Lamps for Manicures and Pedicures Can Cause Skin Cancer

Updated on April 1, 2014

Protect Your Hands at the Nail Salon

Frequent exposure to UV light (especially at the nail salon) can put you at risk for skin cancer. It may sound like it won't happen to you, but if you visit the salon once a month -- add up the unnecessary UV light exposure and realize you may be at risk! These nifty hand gloves with cut off fingertips will help eliminate the amount of UV exposure. has a really good price for these gloves or just simply cut off fingertips from some gloves you have laying around for an inexpensive fix!

LED Lamps are Safe

Thankfully they now have LED lamps instead of UV lamps at some salons. LED lamps DO NOT put you at risk for skin cancer. Unfortunately, due to the cost, most salons have not made the investment towards the safer LED lamps. Please check with your salon first!


UV nail lamps

UV nail lamps are like mini tanning beds used for manicures and pedicures. These lamps are necessary for the last curing stage in gel nails, which is now the new rage in nails salons.

Women, today, are visiting the nail salon more frequently than ever. Each visit to the salon increases the risk of skin cancer caused by exposure to UV light from UV lamps. These lamps emit similar amounts of UV radiation per square meter and emit predominantly UVA rays, which penetrate the skin to the greatest degree.

Skin Cancer

The most common cancer in the United States is skin cancer. There is a high prediliction between the ages of 15-35 and it is associated with over-exposure to UV rays from the sun or tanning beds. UV nail lamps are no exception to this risk of over-exposure.

Non-melanoma skin cancers are the most common skin cancers but the majority of these are basal cell carcinomas. They are localized growths caused by excessive cumulative exposure to the sun and tend not to spread.

If you notice any changes to your skin, please seek medical care soon. It is best to catch any forms of cancer in early stages.


Proper measure to take

What can you do to decrease your exposure to UV light?

1. Let nails air dry (if nail polish is not gel-based)

2. Wear sunscreen

3. Wear gloves with only fingers exposed

4. Use a LED lamp


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