News & Helpful Information

The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Position Regarding UVR-Emitting Nail Lamps March 07 2013, 0 Comments

Research has shown that ultraviolet (UV) radiation-emitting devices are carcinogenic to humans. Although studies have shown that the skin cancer risk associated with UVR-emitting nail lamps for gel manicures is very low, it is not insignificant*. 

Dr. Oz examines the safety of gel manicures January 23 2013, 0 Comments

Dr. Oz and dermatologist Anne Chapas, MD, examined the safety of gel manicures on today’s episode of “The Dr. Oz Show”, Jan.23.

UV Light Cured Gels - CFL vs. LED November 09 2011, 0 Comments

As more and more gel polishes come out on the market, it seems more and more of them are also "LED curable".  This sparks much debate over what is better, LED lamps or traditional Compact Fluorescent (CFL) UV lamps?

The Difference Between LED and UV Lamps September 06 2011, 0 Comments

UV or not UV? The new crop of LED gel lamps on the market have caused a bit of confusion as to the benefits and differences between LED and the standard UV lamps techs have been using for years. To help clear up the subject, NAILS has highlighted the biggest differences between the two so you can be better informed on lamp purchases and maintenance.

The Science of Gels March 14 2011, 0 Comments

What’s really going on when your client puts her hand in the nail lamp? We explain what gel is made of and why it works so well.

Do UV Nail Lamps Emit Unsafe Levels of Ultraviolet Light? February 14 2011, 0 Comments

A recent report incorrectly claimed that UV nail lamps are a source of "high-dose UV-A" and also inaccurately compared UV tanning beds with UV nail lamps. The report, "Occurrence of Nonmelanoma Skin Cancers on the Hands After UV Nail Light Exposure" (MacFarlane and Alonso), overestimated the exposure of client skin to UV light emitted from UV nail lamps and improperly characterized the effect of these lamps on the hand.

Occurrence of Nonmelanoma Skin Cancers on the Hands After UV Nail Light Exposure April 15 2009, 0 Comments

Exposure to tanning beds, which contain mostly high-dose UV-A emitters, is a known cause of photoaging. Evidence is also accumulating for an association between tanning bed use and the development of skin cancer. Another source of high-dose UV-A is UV nail lights, available for use in the home and in beauty salons.