I am the first to admit that the recent shellac manicure trend has been a favorite of mine. Who doesn’t want their $40 manciure to last longer than a week? But earlier this month, Dr. Chris Adigun from NYU School of Medicine warned that the “rising fad of replacing traditional nail polish with quick-hardening gel may result in skin cancer” of the hands. The shellac nail polish uses UV light to cure the gel, thus making the nails seem stronger and the polish less likely to peel or chip. Shellac, or gel manicures, are fine when used in moderation. One step to decrease the UV exposure to your hands is to wear sunscreen on your hands before going under the UV lamp.
Another concern with shellac manicures is the amount/dose of UV light one person may be acquiring because the lamps are not regulated. The UV lamps are not to be confused with LED lamps that are popular in nail salons for drying nails. LED lamps are safe because they do not emit UV rays.
The last concern with gel manicures is that the durability which makes these so popular is actually concealing nail brittleness, thinning, or cracking, making matters worse once the shellac polish is removed.
So even though this polish lasts longer, the effects such as premature aging, wrinkles, and the increased risk of skin cancer can also be long lasting. This is Key!!