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Study finds UV nail dryers used for gel manicures can damage DNA and cause mutations in human cells

Study finds UV nail dryers used for gel manicures can damage DNA and cause mutations in human cells

The gel manicure has become highly popular in recent years, promising extra-glossy, quick-drying, and long-lasting nail polish. But its popularity could soon chip off.  A new study by scientists at the University of California, San Diego, has found that radiation emitted by the UV nail dryers which are used to harden the gel can damage cellular and genetic material, specifically by causing permanent mutations in human cells associated with a risk of cancer. Countless scientific studies have shown evidence that how UV rays can cause skin damage and increase the risk of skin cancer. But while the International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies broadband UVA (315-400 nm) as a Group 1 carcinogen, UVA can still be found in many commercial products that replicate the effects of the sun, such as tanning beds and UV nail dryers. Tanning beds have been extensively studied and proven to have a causal relationship with skin cancer and indirect DNA damage. Yet there had not been any evaluation to show the effect of radiation emitted by UV nail polish dryers on human cells. How do UV nail polish dryers work? UV nail lamps contain multiple bulbs that emit UV wavelengths between 340 and 395 nm.  These wavelengths are responsible for curing and drying nail polish formulas, known as gels, thanks to a chemical process in which oligomers (the gel before it’s exposed to the UV light) harden into polymers (long-lasting gel nail polish). Commonly, both nails and hands are irradiated with a UV nail dryer for up to 10 minutes per session, and regular users typically change their gel manicures every two weeks. What did the study find? Researchers from the University of San Diego performed in vitro irradiation of cells derived from humans and mice to UV light from nail dryers, to evaluate DNA damage and mutations of cells. In the experiments, cells were irradiated one, two, or three times, with the duration of each exposure lasting between 0 and 20 minutes. In all the experiments, a single 20-minute irradiation resulted in 20–30 per cent cell death, while three consecutive 20-minute exposures caused between 65 and 70 per cent cell death. Scientists say the results of their study, published in the scientific journal Nature, provide a comprehensive profile of the DNA damage and cell mutation that occurs after irradiation with nail polish dryers. They say further study in actual humans is needed before they can make definitive conclusions about cancer risks from exposure to UV nail polish dryers.
Our tastiest collaboration yet: ManiMe x HoneyBaked Ham
holidays

Our tastiest collaboration yet: ManiMe x HoneyBaked Ham

It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also one of the most stressful, the holidays. That’s why we ManiMe have partnered with The Honey Baked Ham Company to bring time saving solutions to holiday hosts coast to coast this December. Check out the full collection here. When planning a holiday get-together, follow these five tips to maximize time with family and friends!   1. Pre-Plan: Create a timeline to manage preparation leading up to guest arrival. This will help structure your day and avoid last minute chaos. Make sure to keep a running guest list, including details like number of children vs adults and food allergies. 2. Nail Glam: Have your hands and nails looking and feeling amazing from the comfort of your own home. Inspired by the signature sweet and crunchy glaze found only on Honey Baked hams and turkeys, ManiMe created two unique holiday gel mani designs, a peelable nail polish and hand scrub. This capsule collection is sure to look great on any skin tone. Boasting bold burgundies with pops of gold, this collection is a must have to make any holiday golden. 3. A Crave-worthy Table: From proteins to cakes, HoneyBaked has delicious food your guests will love! Bonus, these meals require little prep from the host. Popular options like the Honey Baked Ham® & Turkey Feast give parties a homecooked feel with a variety of heat and serve sharable sides. HoneyBaked’s Red Velvet Cake will complete the look of any holiday spread.   4. Kick Attire Anxiety: ‘I have nothing to wear’ anxiety can creep up on any host. Don’t let this invade your headspace before a big soiree. Pick your outfit and try it on the day before your get-together to take one important decision off your plate. Consider an ensemble with a bit of breathing room so you feel comfortable - even after going back for seconds or thirds of that delicious Honey Baked Ham.  5. Clean Sweep: Feel like you need to have the house looking spotless before going to bed? Give yourself a break. You’ve been prepping and entertaining so it’s natural to be tired. Cleanup can wait till morning, and you’ll probably be more productive and speedier after a good night's rest. Make your holidays golden with the ManiMe x The Honey Baked Company Collection!  
Announcing MiniMe!
Kids

Announcing MiniMe!

Ever since I started working at ManiMe, my son has been obsessed with what mani Mommy is wearing this week. His favorite ManiMe design featured strawberries so one day I cut out the strawberries from the gel sheet and put them on his fingers; it made his day! If only we had a version that he could wear without my having to do any trimming…. Announcing MiniMe! Now your kids (and mine) can enjoy ManiMe solids and designs in kids’ sizes. And the timing couldn’t be better as Back to School is just around the corner. Our first MiniMe collection features 14 solids and designs. We use the same salon-quality gel for MiniMe that we use for the adult size version. There are 46 gels in assorted sizes – just pick the one that fits each of your child’s nails best. As a bonus, we’ve included additional gel “stickers” in hearts, stars circles and polygons. Use these to customize your child’s mani look or as decorations for notebooks, water bottles, lunch boxes, etc. The best part? You can be mani-twins with your kids! We offer the same designs for you [in standard or custom sizes]. Check them out here. Share your pics @manime.co
Top 5 Pedicures for summer season

Top 5 Pedicures for summer season

July means high summer! The weather is starting to heat up in SoCal and everyone here at ManiMe is ready to trade in their sneakers for sandals and flip flops. Here are some staff favorite pedis for Summer 2022.  Palm Springs Nothing screams “summer” louder than this vibrant pink. Get ready for lots of compliments.  Mochi Ombre In search of something a little more subtle but just as gorgeous? Look no further than Mochi Ombre. High Tide Who says dark colors should be relegated to winter? We love this moody blue paired with a simple heeled sandal for nights out.  Arctic Ice A sleek shade of white is always in style. And it’ll make your tan (real or fake) pop.  Just Peachy  Prefer to keep things understated? This is just the right neutral for you.  Disco in the Desert  Put away that “Zoom” shirt and put on your dancing shoes. You’ll be the life of the party with this HBO “Euphoria”-inspired pedi design from Natalie Minerva.
Study finds UV nail dryers used for gel manicures can damage DNA and cause mutations in human cells

Study finds UV nail dryers used for gel manicures can damage DNA and cause mutations in human cells

The gel manicure has become highly popular in recent years, promising extra-glossy, quick-drying, and long-lasting nail polish. But its popularity could soon chip off.  A new study by scientists at the University of California, San Diego, has found that radiation emitted by the UV nail dryers which are used to harden the gel can damage cellular and genetic material, specifically by causing permanent mutations in human cells associated with a risk of cancer. Countless scientific studies have shown evidence that how UV rays can cause skin damage and increase the risk of skin cancer. But while the International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies broadband UVA (315-400 nm) as a Group 1 carcinogen, UVA can still be found in many commercial products that replicate the effects of the sun, such as tanning beds and UV nail dryers. Tanning beds have been extensively studied and proven to have a causal relationship with skin cancer and indirect DNA damage. Yet there had not been any evaluation to show the effect of radiation emitted by UV nail polish dryers on human cells. How do UV nail polish dryers work? UV nail lamps contain multiple bulbs that emit UV wavelengths between 340 and 395 nm.  These wavelengths are responsible for curing and drying nail polish formulas, known as gels, thanks to a chemical process in which oligomers (the gel before it’s exposed to the UV light) harden into polymers (long-lasting gel nail polish). Commonly, both nails and hands are irradiated with a UV nail dryer for up to 10 minutes per session, and regular users typically change their gel manicures every two weeks. What did the study find? Researchers from the University of San Diego performed in vitro irradiation of cells derived from humans and mice to UV light from nail dryers, to evaluate DNA damage and mutations of cells. In the experiments, cells were irradiated one, two, or three times, with the duration of each exposure lasting between 0 and 20 minutes. In all the experiments, a single 20-minute irradiation resulted in 20–30 per cent cell death, while three consecutive 20-minute exposures caused between 65 and 70 per cent cell death. Scientists say the results of their study, published in the scientific journal Nature, provide a comprehensive profile of the DNA damage and cell mutation that occurs after irradiation with nail polish dryers. They say further study in actual humans is needed before they can make definitive conclusions about cancer risks from exposure to UV nail polish dryers.
Our tastiest collaboration yet: ManiMe x HoneyBaked Ham
holidays

Our tastiest collaboration yet: ManiMe x HoneyBaked Ham

It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also one of the most stressful, the holidays. That’s why we ManiMe have partnered with The Honey Baked Ham Company to bring time saving solutions to holiday hosts coast to coast this December. Check out the full collection here. When planning a holiday get-together, follow these five tips to maximize time with family and friends!   1. Pre-Plan: Create a timeline to manage preparation leading up to guest arrival. This will help structure your day and avoid last minute chaos. Make sure to keep a running guest list, including details like number of children vs adults and food allergies. 2. Nail Glam: Have your hands and nails looking and feeling amazing from the comfort of your own home. Inspired by the signature sweet and crunchy glaze found only on Honey Baked hams and turkeys, ManiMe created two unique holiday gel mani designs, a peelable nail polish and hand scrub. This capsule collection is sure to look great on any skin tone. Boasting bold burgundies with pops of gold, this collection is a must have to make any holiday golden. 3. A Crave-worthy Table: From proteins to cakes, HoneyBaked has delicious food your guests will love! Bonus, these meals require little prep from the host. Popular options like the Honey Baked Ham® & Turkey Feast give parties a homecooked feel with a variety of heat and serve sharable sides. HoneyBaked’s Red Velvet Cake will complete the look of any holiday spread.   4. Kick Attire Anxiety: ‘I have nothing to wear’ anxiety can creep up on any host. Don’t let this invade your headspace before a big soiree. Pick your outfit and try it on the day before your get-together to take one important decision off your plate. Consider an ensemble with a bit of breathing room so you feel comfortable - even after going back for seconds or thirds of that delicious Honey Baked Ham.  5. Clean Sweep: Feel like you need to have the house looking spotless before going to bed? Give yourself a break. You’ve been prepping and entertaining so it’s natural to be tired. Cleanup can wait till morning, and you’ll probably be more productive and speedier after a good night's rest. Make your holidays golden with the ManiMe x The Honey Baked Company Collection!  
Announcing MiniMe!
Kids

Announcing MiniMe!

Ever since I started working at ManiMe, my son has been obsessed with what mani Mommy is wearing this week. His favorite ManiMe design featured strawberries so one day I cut out the strawberries from the gel sheet and put them on his fingers; it made his day! If only we had a version that he could wear without my having to do any trimming…. Announcing MiniMe! Now your kids (and mine) can enjoy ManiMe solids and designs in kids’ sizes. And the timing couldn’t be better as Back to School is just around the corner. Our first MiniMe collection features 14 solids and designs. We use the same salon-quality gel for MiniMe that we use for the adult size version. There are 46 gels in assorted sizes – just pick the one that fits each of your child’s nails best. As a bonus, we’ve included additional gel “stickers” in hearts, stars circles and polygons. Use these to customize your child’s mani look or as decorations for notebooks, water bottles, lunch boxes, etc. The best part? You can be mani-twins with your kids! We offer the same designs for you [in standard or custom sizes]. Check them out here. Share your pics @manime.co
Top 5 Pedicures for summer season

Top 5 Pedicures for summer season

July means high summer! The weather is starting to heat up in SoCal and everyone here at ManiMe is ready to trade in their sneakers for sandals and flip flops. Here are some staff favorite pedis for Summer 2022.  Palm Springs Nothing screams “summer” louder than this vibrant pink. Get ready for lots of compliments.  Mochi Ombre In search of something a little more subtle but just as gorgeous? Look no further than Mochi Ombre. High Tide Who says dark colors should be relegated to winter? We love this moody blue paired with a simple heeled sandal for nights out.  Arctic Ice A sleek shade of white is always in style. And it’ll make your tan (real or fake) pop.  Just Peachy  Prefer to keep things understated? This is just the right neutral for you.  Disco in the Desert  Put away that “Zoom” shirt and put on your dancing shoes. You’ll be the life of the party with this HBO “Euphoria”-inspired pedi design from Natalie Minerva.