Likewise Skincare, a Hand Moisturizer Manufacturer, Reacts to an Article Regarding the Potential Dangers of Gel and Shellac Manicures

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Following an article published for Bliss Tree, the skincare manufacturer Likewise Skincare comments on studies that suggest that the UV lights used for certain manicures may lead to skin cancer.

On September 10th, hand moisturizer manufacturer Likewise Skincare responds to an article published for Bliss Tree regarding the harmful UV lamps used for shellac and gel manicures.

According to the article, although gel and shellac polishes are chip resistant for weeks, the UV light used throughout the manicure could lead to dangerous results. The Bliss Tree article states, “A 2009 article published in the Archives of Dermatology found that the average exposure women undergo when getting a gel manicure (about 10 minutes) is definitely enough to increase your risk of skin cancer. The study looked at two women who got skin cancer on their hands, reportedly after routine exposure at the nail salon.” The article reports that although the UV lights are less powerful than tanning beds, the dangers are comparable.

People who plan to continue getting gel and shellac manicures, reports Bliss Tree, should apply a sunscreen with SPF 30 or 45 beforehand or try wearing gloves with just the tips cut off, exposing the nails while limiting exposure to the rest of the hand. According to Lisa Shariat, a representative for the hand moisturizer manufacturer Likewise Skincare, “Simply put, skin needs to be protected against UV rays. The dangers have been made apparent and with that, people should take the proper precautions against skin cancer. If these UV lights are comparable, albeit less harmful, to tanning beds, then it is extremely important that people consider the recommendations of applying sunscreen and wearing gloves before getting a gel manicure.”

In addition to skin damage and cancer concerns, the article explains that, “Some polishes also contain butylated hydroxyanisol, which is a dangerous additive and a known carcinogen. In rare cases, gel manicures can also be responsible for nerve damage to your fingers.” Bliss Tree recommends that if you are still contemplating a gel or shellac manicure, be sure to take the proper precautions by applying a heavy layer of SPF packed hand moisturizer or wearing gloves.

Likewise Skincare was founded by board certified dermatologist and President of Likewise, Inc., Dr. Julie Pena. Likewise daily moisturizers are all-in-one but not one-fits-all. Each moisturizer is created with skin-balancing toners to work with your specific skin type. The moisturizers use a combination of anti-aging antioxidants, ultra-protective zinc oxide, and water-resistant ingredients to keep you protected.


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