Gel Manicure Safety Tips

Do gel manicures put you at risk for cancer?

If you've ever had a gel manicure, you'll understand why it is so highly requested. Gel manicures are long-lasting and beautiful, but are they healthy? Unfortunately, doctors say that gel manicures may increase your risk of developing melanoma. Melanoma is the most severe form of skin cancer.
According to, melanoma is the fifth most common cancer among men and the sixth most common cancer in women.

So, what exactly puts you at risk for developing melanoma?

If you've ever had a gel manicure before, you may recall that UVA lights are used to cure the gel nail polish, which allows it to dry incredibly quickly. According to researchers, this UVA light is the harmful agent in this process.

To avoid putting yourself at risk, try the following:

  • Opt for a basic manicure
  • A basic manicure may not last as long as a gel manicure but making this switch will drastically reduce your health risk.
  • Put a towel or glove over your hands to protect your skin from the UVA light, wear fingerless gloves or drape a towel over your hand before exposing it to the light.
  • Go to a salon that uses LED lights

Many salons are now opting to use LED lights. Be sure to call in advance and ask the salon owner which types of lights are available for manicures and pedicures.

Will you be making a change?

While gel manicures are undoubtedly beautiful and long-lasting, they may put your health at risk. No matter which option you choose, it is essential to be aware of the facts to make the most informed decision about your health. If you have any questions about gel manicures or their effects on your health, let us know.