Dr Oz, Gel Manicure UV Light Risk, Use SPF Sunscreen, Anti-UV Gloves

You Should Apply Sunscreen and Use Anti-UV Gloves Before and During Gel Manicures

Today Dr. Oz did a show on Gel Manicure infection risks and the potential dangers involved in this seemingly harmless beauty treatment.  Dr. Oz invited Dr. Anne Chapas (Dermatologist) on to the show to let the audience and viewers know the inherent dangers involved with gel manicures.  During this segment on today’s show Dr. Chapas explained why you should apply sunscreen and wear anti-UV gloves when getting this beauty treatment.

Use Sunscreen To Reduce UV Light Exposure

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Dr Oz Talks About Gel Manicures and UV Rays

Dr. Oz understands that regardless of the risks involved with getting gel manicures he knows that women will continue to get them so he asked Dr. Chapas to share some steps that you can take to reduce the dangers involved.  She said that there are a few precautions that you can take to reduce your exposure to UV light that you get from the drying lamps during treatment.

Precautions To Reduce UV Light Exposure :

  • Apply a non toxic top coat to your nails every day to extend the life of your manicure.  This way you will need few treatments and have less exposure.  When buying a top coat look for a product that is free of toluene, DBP, and formaldehyde.  The called those three ingredients as the “toxic trio” on the show.  The suggestions that were made on the show were brands Zoya and LCN.
  • Some salons use LED lights rather than UV lamps. LED lights has less ultra violet radiation.
  • Ask to have SPF sunscreen applied before your manicure.
  • You can purchase anti-UV gloves.   These Anti-UV gloves will provide protection for your hand only exposing your fingertips.  They are inexpensive (less than 10 dollars) and can be found in many beauty shops or online.

Dr. Anne Chapas told Dr. Oz that she would never consider getting a gel manicure because of the risks that are involved but since she knows women will continue to get these treatments following the precautions listed above will reduce the health risks.