Depending on who you ask, gel manicures are perfectly safe. Some dermatologists and studies say the UV lamps that quickly cure gel polish put fans of the treatment at higher risk for skin cancer, while others say the exposure is so minimal that there’s nothing to worry about. However, a 2015 study published in JAMA Dermatology recommends that, despite the arguably negligible risk, gel manicure enthusiasts should use “physical blocking sunscreens or UVA protective gloves to limit the risk of carcinogenesis and photoaging.”
If you’re thinking, Wait, what the hell are UVA protective gloves?, you’re not alone. I’d never heard of such a thing back in 2015, and until today, I assumed the folks behind that study recommended an imaginary accessory. But, it turns out at least one company, ManiGlovz, is, in fact, making gloves that protect your hands’ skin from UV damage. And, yes, they are sassy as hell.