Greensboro, NC -- A trip to the nail salon needs to be more about beauty and pampering. Because of the chemicals used, you should know what you're inhaling and touching your skin.
Nail Polish Is Toxic
That's true and false. Nail polishes made with dibutyl-pthalate (DBP), formaldehyde and toluene are toxic. But many brands have re-formulated without the "toxic 3" as these chemicals are called.
UV Drying Lamps Are Safe
False. A study by an NYU dermatologist finds UV light can cause premature wrinkling, dark spots, and light spots. And while the UV nail lamps aren't anywhere close to a tanning bed, the risk for inducing skin cancer is NOT zero.
Gel Manicures Are Drying
True. A CBS News report found dermatologists say it's not so much the lacquer as it is the acetone you have to soak your nails in for 10 to 15 to get the gel lacquer off.
The American Academy of Dermatology doesn't have an official position on gel manicures or those UV lights. But they do recommend you put water resistant sunscreen on your hands before you go in and taking a week or two break between gel manicures.