Sunday 24 September 2017

The little known health reason why you should think twice about getting a gel manicure

French Nails
French Nails
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Gel manicures are still up for debate.

They last for weeks, don't chip and manage to maintain a shine that seems next to impossible with regular polish. For all that good, it cal also leave some women's nails feeling weak and brittle.

Some feel this is a fair toss up, while others avoid it altogether and prefer a more traditional manicure.

But one woman has shared her story as to why you should think twice about getting a gel nails - the UV exposure.

"That's what #melanoma looks like on a #thumbnail." ... One of my very best friends in the world got gel manicures...

Posted by Lauren Ann on Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Facebook user Lauren Ann shared a picture of her friend's thumbnail, saying: "That's what #melanoma looks like on a#thumbnail."

She explained in more detail about the UV light exposure women can experience with gel maincures.

"Prior to her diagnosis I hadn't put too much thought into the dangers of the UV light so closely to the fingers/nails, especially with some fairly newer chemical compound on them," she said.

"She no longer has this thumbnail because THANK GOD she was smart enough to go to a dermatologist and he diagnosed her with a rare form of cancer and did surgery. Although she very much misses her 10th nail, she is lucky it did not spread."

There might be an ongoing campaign to educate people on the dangers of sunbeds and covering up on the beach, but in the modern beauty industry, there's new potential.

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