Having worked in the nail industry for many years and also being an importer of nail products, I am frequently asked about harmful products and ingredients. Is it safe to put my hands in the UV box? Will the products harm my nails? Should I give my nails a break to ‘breathe’? Is gel polish healthier than gel or acrylic?
I think its time to start answering these questions in a simple and easy-to-understand way and dispel the myths we tend to believe.
Lets start with one of the most common questions: ‘Is it safe for me to put my hands in the UV box?”
YES.. It is perfectly safe to put your hand into the UV light box. It will not cause skin cancer and no, you will not get ‘sun burnt’.
Now here’s why…
Standard UV light Boxes, which have 4 x 9 watt UV bulbs omit UV A rays. It is UV B rays which are considered to be harmful and therefore, UV Light Units use bulbs which have special filters in their lining so that UV B rays are not omitted. In any case, for these rays to have any effect on your skin, you would need to go for a weekly manicure for 250 years before you would be at any risk.
You can look up Doug Schoon and Jim McDonnell, two of the industries leading chemists.
Watch out for the next article in this series of Nail Truths and Myth Breakers!