Getting a gel manicure rather than regular polish has become extremely popular. They last up to 14 days and dry almost instantly so you won’t have to worry about smudging the polish once you leave. With that being said, have you ever asked yourself whether these manicures are safe when putting your hands under the UV lamps? Gel manicures are cured under UVA lamps for about 10 minutes each time you get a manicure. This exposure is equivalent to the day-long recommended limit for outdoor workers. (Curtis et. Al. JAAD 2013). UVA rays have be known to cause skin cancer and photoaging. This could be of concern to those that get their nails done regularly. Don’t worry though, there are precautions you can take to help block the UVA rays while getting your manicure. It is recommended that you put broad spectrum sunscreen on your hands 20 minutes prior to going under the UVA lamps. People who have a history of skin cancer in their family or who have a fair complextion may even want to use cotton gloves with the tips cut off for extra protection. Look and feel fabulous while protecting all of your skin, including the hands.