UV Ray Exposure
Ever contemplated how that “drying station” is drying your nails? Powered by small lamps, drying stations emit the same UV rays released by tanning beds – you know, those frowned upon devices that can lead to skin-damaging effects like cancer.
Though the risk of developing skin cancer from exposure alone is slim, it’s definitely a contributing factor. According to a 2014 study published in JAMA Dermatology, after testing 17 different UV lamps, researchers found that the risk of cancer (from exposure) is menial. However, it’s important to note that the same findings indicate that significant DNA damage to the skin can occur following 8 to 14 visits over a period of 24 to 42 months.
Believe it or not, the aroma of acetone and other chemicals, which fill your nail salon, can irritate airways and trigger asthma.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, salons should avoid using products with the “toxic trio,” also know as toluene, formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate, as well as use a respirator when working to reduce the risk of inhaling toxic fumes.
Better known as a type of staph infection called methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, this nasty superbug packs a powerful punch of severe symptoms including swelling, redness, cracked skin and pus.
Spread through the use of sharing unsterilized nail files, cuticle clippers, and other nail implements, the antibiotic-resistant infection can lead to scarring, amputation and even death.
Decrease your risk by ensuring tools have been sterilized prior to use.