In light of recent news headlines and media hype regarding the use of nail lamps in nail salons, I felt some clarity was in order.
1. UV nail lamps cure all gel polish brands, LED lamps only cure LED specific gel polish brands
2. LED lamps cure polish faster (30 seconds vs 2 minutes that UV requires)
3. LED lamps are more expensive
4. LED bulbs last much longer
Why Are UV and LED Different?
Gel nail polish is cured by ultraviolet (UV) wavelengths hitting the molecules called photoinitiators in the gel and activating them. UV lamps emit broad UV wavelengths so it takes longer to cure but works on all gel. LED technology uses more narrow UV wavelengths that target specific photoinitiators in the gel polish so the gel cures faster.
How Safe are Nail Lamps?
Many people are concerned about the potential damage or side effects from exposure to the UV rays from nail lamps. In reality, the UV exposure from nail lamps is minimal compared with other activities people engage in day-to-day such as walking outside, laying out at the pool, driving vehicles, outside working environments, sport etc. The majority of the UV light that nail lamps emit is UV-A which is safer for your skin than UV-B. Since there is a concern about UV exposure, LED lamps are considered safer than UV lamps because they require less cure time – thus less UV exposure. There are also safety precautions you can take at home by using sunscreen on the tops of your hands, or special anti-UV gloves that are inexpensive and an affordable way to protect your skin if you have heightened concerns.
Embellished Nails ensures that client comfort and safety is paramount. Last year a client expressed an interest in which lamps I used as she had previously had some skin cancer issues to which I responded by promptly purchasing an LED lamp. While all efforts are taken to ensure clients’ safety at all times, some clients may be predisposed to sensitivity and skin cancer and are welcome to take extra precautions if they feel it necessary. With the minimal amount of exposure to an LED lamp as opposed to a UV lamp during a nail service, it is highly unlikely to be the sole cause of skin cancer should one become apparent.
For further information you are welcome to read the following link by Doug Shoon, an international scientist, author and educator with over 30 years background in the nail and beauty industry- http://www.schoonscientific.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Understanding-UV-Nail-Lamps-1.pdf
The important factor is to be educated, choose a reputable qualified nail technician for your services and ask the questions you need answers for. Being educated and able to make the appropriate decisions for your treatments is your best defense and will give you the satisfaction that your health and safety are being considered and ensured while you are being treated to gorgeous nails and a break from adulting.
Have a great week,