Gel manicures are a new fashion in manicure technology. Gel is a longer lasting than regular nail lacquers. Shellac-like manicure is a hybrid between a lacquer and a gel. It looks like nail lacquer but the colors are brighter and it dries faster. It never chips and looks fresh and clean. But you have to put your hand in a UV light box.
Here comes the concern. Dr Roberts pointing some researches suggests these UV light boxes may be linked with non-melanoma skin cancers of the hands. According to a report dating from 2009, there are two case reports.
Both women got skin cancers of the hand after using the UV lights with manicures. The researchers concluded that exposure to UV light boxes that are used in many nail salons may be a risk factor for skin cancer and needs more study.
As a conclusion , Dr Roberts says that lacquer is healthier, without a doubt.