Your hands say a lot about you. It's why women spend so much to have them look like the perfect 10.
The new no chip manicures last longer than the old acrylics, dry fast and don't chip. But doctors said this new nail trend is exposing women to danger.
Whether it's for the fingernails or toes, these shellac manicures and the no-chip gel manicures are the new rage. The gels are different, but each one hardens the enamel under UV lights.
"If you're outside talking on your cell phone, you're getting more exposure to UV," said Lashaun Brown-Glenn of Nails Naturally, who teaches the process to other technicians.
In fact, a 2009 study in the Archives of Dermatology found two women got skin cancers of the hand after years of bathing under these lights. And even though it's only 5 to 50 watts of UV light, Dr. Kevin Pinski said it's comparable to a tanning bed.
"Sun damage to our skin is cumulative, your skin doesn't forget," Dr. Pinski said.
Not to mention, UV exposure ages your hands. Now some salons are turning to LED lights. Dr. Pinski said a simple solution is to lather hands in sunscreen.
Here's something else to think about: the "toxic trio" in nail polishes. These three chemicals found in some polishes can give off harmful fumes that have been known to cause birth defects in nail techs' and customers' babies.
There are no known cases in Illinois, but the attorney general in California is investigating the mislabelling of the dangerous nail polishes there. It's why Anthony Vince Salons in Oakbrook said they only use one brand of polish and keep the place well ventilated.
Nail salons in Illinois are regulated by the state's department of financial and professional regulation. If you are concerned about something you see at a nail salon, you can always file a complaint with the Chicago office.