Spring Manicures: The Healthy Way

Last month, news about the connection between skin cancer and UV lamps used in the gel manicure process caused a lot of concern for ladies who love having beautiful nails. (Us included!) We can alleviate manicure skin cancer risk by putting sunscreen on our hands before the treatment but we can also opt to visit spas and salons that do not use dangerous UV lamps. As an added bonus, many spas and salons offer all-natural manicures and pedicures that are better for your skin overall.

Natural manicure methods can get you gorgeous fingers with out the manicure skin cancer risk.

Texas-based Milk + Honey Spa offers natural nail therapy options. The team only uses organic nail products that are free of toxins. And if you can't live without your gel manicure, they opt for LED lamps instead of UV. For those of us in New York, Lollipop Nail Studio has vegan nail polishes on hand and employs waterless pedicures as a means to reduce their water waste. On the other hand, if you'd rather just avoid the salon altogether and do your pedicure and manicure at home, you'll be in full control of the products you use. There are healthy alternatives to gel manicures that you can use yourself as well. We're opting for Deborah Lippman's Gel Lab System, a healthy alternative to gel manicures sans a lamp of any kind. Look for organic polishes and removers. Soy-based nail polish removers would be preferable.  Here are some brands we love. Natural nail polish options for at-home use will help you avoid manicure skin cancer risk.   1. Sparitual; 2. Deborah Lippmann; 3. Butter LONDON; 4. Scotch Naturals Either way we're ready to get our nails done from head to toe and taking cue from these spring looks.

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