After each coat is added, the nails are briefly exposed to a UV-A light inside a small box.
The nails cure and dry quickly, but the light does more than illuminate the nail area.
It also illuminates the delicate skin on the back of the hand.
What does a UV lamp do for nails?
Instead of sitting in front of an oscillating mini-fan waiting for your nails to dry between coats (and coughing delicately from all the nail dust), a gel polish treatment uses ultraviolet (UV) light to dry nails fast. The gel medium reacts to UV light by creating a super hard finish, too.
Is it safe to use UV light on nails?
About Nail Drying and Curing Lamps—and UV Exposure. Exposure to UV radiation can cause damage to your skin, especially if you’re exposed over time. For example, it can lead to premature wrinkles, age spots, and even skin cancer. But the FDA views nail curing lamps as low risk when used as directed by the label.
How long do you keep your nails under the UV light?
Apply a thin layer of UV Base Coat and Cure under 14 Day Manicure UV Lamp for 2 minutes (30 seconds with LED lamp). Nails will still feel wet at this stage but you do not need to dry for more than 2 minutes.
Which is better UV or LED nail lamp?
For the distinct reason that LED nail dryers offer a faster drying time compared to UV lights, they are said to be safer than UV lights. It takes UV lights anywhere from 8-10 minutes to cure gels, while LED lamps take 30-45 seconds. Second, LED bulbs last much longer than UV bulbs.