Ask Dr. Kim

Can I get skin cancer from gel manicures?

Theoretically yes, because we know that UVA ray exposure increases your risk of skin cancer, and you have to have UVA exposure to cure a gel manicure. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to your hands before getting a gel manicure.


Can I benefit from using face masks?

There is no medical value to paper face masks. These masks consist of paper similar to that of diaper wipes, soaked with a solution and placed in a waterproof foil or plastic pouch. The masks sell for anywhere from $1 to $50 based on the contents and place of purchase.

The backbone benefit of the mask is the moisturizing film left behind on the skin. The mask can also be loaded with various fragrances for aromatherapy purposes. The masks do not cause any problems unless the consumer has an irritant or allergic contact dermatitis to one of the ingredients.



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