Test shows nail salon drying lamps emit UV rays

By WEEK Producer

April 30, 2014 Updated Apr 30, 2014 at 10:14 PM CDT

Drying lamps are used at nail salons across the country but you probably didn't know they emit ultraviolet rays which can cause skin cancer and age skin prematurely.

Researchers at Georgia Regents University tested 17 light units from 16 salons.

Their results show that higher-wattage ultra violet lamps did emit more UV radiation but the exposure is so brief, the risk for skin damage and skin cancer is small.

If you go to the salon once a week, or more, researchers recommend the use of sunscreens or protective gloves.

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