Thursday, March 1, 2012

Gel Polish Warning

shiny red polish

I love beautiful shiny, long wearing nail polish but, I have always resisted using any nail application that required the use of a UV light. As an esthetician, it has always been my opinion that exposure to these UV lights could damage the skin on the hands causing aging and skin cancer.

The "experts'" claimed the exposure was so minimal that it would not cause damage to the skin. Popular gel polishes, such as Shellac, require UV light to cure the polish in minutes. Well, guess what? 

Dermatologists are now recommending, if you absolutely cannot live without your gel polish, that sunscreen be applied to the hands before they go under the light. Yesterday morning on the Good Day, a dermatologist recommended wearing gloves with the finger tips cut off before putting your hands under the light.  This dermatologist also had concerns with the methacrylate in the polish and the soaking of the nails in acetone to remove the gel polish.   

I recommend using regular old nail polish. Have your nail technician apply an adhesive base coat, polish and a good top coat. At home, you can add additional coat of top coat every day or every other day to extend polish wear and keep it super glossy.

Many brands are making hybrid nail polishes now. These are polishes that remove like regular polish but look gel polish. They also last longer than regular nail polish. Try OPI Infinite Shine or CND Vinylux.

Have a Beautiful Day!

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