The benefits of having a gel or shellac pedicure is that it lasts much longer than traditional nail polish pedicures and never chips or peels. Sounds great, right? A staff member describes the process of getting a shellac pedicure:
But what about skin cancer? Well, if you get a gel/shellac every other week and you feet are exposed to high levels of UV rays for about 5 minutes a foot, you are putting yourself at risk. The skin around the toenail is especially sensitive to UV rays and is a common place for skin cancer to occur on the feet.
If you are going to get a gel/shellac pedicure, make sure you apply sunscreen to your feet before the nail polish is applied. Don't put it on before your appointment as you will soak in the tub and the sunscreen will wash away.
If you notice an odd spot on your foot and think it may be skin cancer, call one of our six offices to make an appointment.
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