The no-chip manicure is one of the latest trends today. The two-week longevity is quite appealing to a lot of people but can this fashionable luxury be causing more harm than good?
Ideal no-chip manicures require newly painted nails to be placed under an ultraviolet drying light. However, exposure to UV lights can cause an increase risk in photo-aging and skin cancer. Repeated dosage over the years may increase the risk of melanoma or non-melanoma skin cancer.
But while there is always a cancer risk when dealing with direct UV light exposure, the risk is small. The greater risk is the advanced aging of the hands. The skin can look wrinkled, loose and have brown spots, which means that your hands can look ten years older than they are.
So, to answer the question, “Can No-Chip manicures cause skin cancer?” The answer would be most likely not. But for taking this quick shortcut in pampering your nails, you will be sacrificing the long-term beauty of your skin. Here are some suggestions for drying your nails:
- Air dry your nails instead of opting for UV drying light.
If you decide with the UV light:
- Apply sunscreen to your hands before your appointment or
- Wear gloves with fingertips cut off to protect hands
If you start noticing brown spots or aging skin of your hands, consider a laster treatment or peel for skin rejuvenation and check with the doctor to make sure no new spots occur.
Now, go and really enjoy getting your nails done.