Ultraviolet nail lamps may increase cancer risk. (May 1, 2014/ FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -
Manicurists use them and some customers even request Ultraviolet nail salon lamps.
However, now new information is shining a light on those lamps and its possible link to skin cancer.
"I think everything in moderation, if you only go a couple of times it's not a big deal," Elizabeth Cashion said.
She doesn't use UV lights to dry her nails.
"I just cut them," Cashion said.
In fact, she said she may have used it once when she got married.
"I play sports so my nails stay short," Cashion said.
She said her dermatologist told her because of the pigmentation in her skin and her freckles, she's more susceptible to skin cancer. So, she doesn't use tanning beds or UV lamps.
"I probably wouldn't do that either," she said.
According to a study published in the Journal JAMA Dermatology, researchers found that UV lamps have different wattages that give off different amounts of radiation. And that exposure depends on how long you're under the lamp and how often.
"We have a lot of our clients who do like to focus on the natural and just safe ways of doing things," Mandy McLaughlin said.
She's the owner of Solace Skin Care in Greenville. She said some clients like to use gel manicures which are often dried with UV lights because they last longer than regular nail polish.
"Your manicurist could have the UV protective covers that you slide your hands in," McLaughlin said.
She said clients can also request at UV sunscreen defense, or use Vinylux nail polish. McLaughlin recommends it.
"It goes on just like a regular nail polish. It has a specific top coat, but it does not require a UV light at all," McLaughlin said.
She said it lasts about a week, unlike gel manicures that last about two weeks. But she said safe, healthy skin is what really matters.
"That's more rewarding by far than any other compensation," McLaughlin said.
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