Some nail lamps are called “UV lamps” and others are called LED lamps, but both emit UV radiation. They predominantly produce UVA rays, which have been linked to both premature skin aging and skin cancer. Gel manicures changed the rules of the game for super shiny, long-lasting nails, but since their rise in popularity in the mid-2000s, they've also sparked some controversy, in part because of the UV lights needed to dry and cure nail polish. A new study published in Nature Communications found that UV lights commonly used in gel manicures can damage DNA.
and cause cell mutations. His case led researchers at the University of California, San Diego to study the possible dangers of UV dryers, which use ultraviolet light to harden or heal gel nails. In what they call the first study of its kind, it was discovered that these UV dryers actually damage cells and cause mutations that usually occur in skin cancer. The pressure nail industry has also improved a lot in recent years, so you can easily stick them on a set for a similar look without having to go to the beauty salon or use a UV light kit at home, although glue can also damage your nails, so try it carefully.
Now, new research has raised questions about the safety of nail dryers, which use ultraviolet light to dry and cure gel nail polish. Piliang recommends taking certain precautions for those who get a gel manicure, such as wearing protective gloves against UV rays, which can help prevent UV light from reaching the skin, and using sunscreen on your hands. The trade association for the UV and electron ray industry, RadTech, said last week that all the scientific evidence shows that UV nail lamps are safe when used in accordance with well-established safety practices. So what does this mean? Is UV light safe for nails? Should you cancel your next gel appointment and give up hairdressing forever? Not necessarily, but you should safely sunbathe in the nail salon, just like you do every day.
The study shows that the long wavelengths of ultraviolet (UVA) light from UV nail dryers can damage DNA and cause mutations in human cells that increase the risk of cancer of skin.