Product recommendation: Fingerless gloves for manicure
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Much like Mary Poppins, I can take just about anything out of my purse on demand. Tylenol? Sure! Kleenex? Here, take a handful. Gum? Oh, I actually have a chewable mouthwash, so much better. I even found a shallot rolling in the bottom of my bag a few months ago, don’t ask. And then, of course, I still have my special anti-UV mittens.
I firmly believe that if you want to get your nails done, you are wasting your time and money if you get anything other than a gel manicure, which can last for weeks without chipping. The secret to its longevity, however, is that the polish is set (or “set”) with UV light, which requires a brief session with the hands under a bright lamp that resembles a miniature tanning bed. It’s not clear how much these UV lamps damage your skin like a real tan would, but I’m not willing to take any chances. A few minutes of Google research led me to what seemed like the perfect solution: UV gloves with the fingertips cut off. They’re weightless and comfortable (mine is from Solbari, but there are plenty of other options on the market) and look the opposite of what you would wear if you rob a bank.
Sunscreen materials have a UPF rating, the fabric equivalent of SPF. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, UPF dictates how much UV radiation a tissue can filter out. The higher the rating, the higher the protection, so a UPF of 30 or more is considered the gold standard. My gloves are UPF 50+.
But are they really doing something? To find out, I consulted Dr Anjali Mahto, dermatologist based in London. “Although these lamps primarily use UVA rays, which are known to penetrate the skin and contribute to premature skin aging as well as DNA damage in skin cells, current data suggests that the amount of radiation emitted by these lamps is relatively low, ”she said. . “There is no clear evidence that links them directly to the development of skin cancer.”
Nonetheless, Dr Mahto said that wearing some sort of protection on your hands, be it UPF gloves or sunscreen with an SPF above 30, is probably a good idea given how harmful UV rays can be. . Does she wear them? “Personally, I don’t have a gel manicure,” she said. “Repeated treatments can weaken the nails and the process of removing gels can damage the nail plate. “
Well i might not be ready to take all of her advice, but in the meantime I’ll continue to spread the gospel of my fingerless gloves to anyone who asks – which is pretty much everyone at the nail salon every time I put them on. I’m pretty sure some also think I can own an aluminum foil hat too (which, if it blocks UV rays, isn’t the worst idea…). But more often than not, they end up buying a pair themselves.