These Fingerless Gloves Promise to Protect Your Hands From Gel Manicure Lamps’ UV Damage
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, ManiGlovs, is, in fact, making gloves that protect your hands’ skin from UV damage. And, yes, they are sassy as hell.
ManiGlovz cover the majority of the hand and wrist, but don’t go thinking just any old fingerless ’80s-style Madonna gloves or convertible mittens will do for shielding your skin from UV light. According to the brand’s website, ManiGlovz are made using a UPF 50+ (UPF, or ultraviolet protection factor, is more or less to textiles what SPF is to sunscreen) compression fabric blend of polyester microfibers and lycra that have been tested and rated in accordance with UV fabric standards. They undergo an antibacterial treatment that prevents the need for frequent washing, which is great because who would want to risk fading the bold patterns ManiGlovz come in, like Dragon Scales, Blossoms, and Spaced Out (below).
But gel-loving goths, New Yorkers and other people who stereotypically wear all-black needn’t worry — there’s a minimalist black pair, too. It, and all of the pairs of ManiGlovz, go for $25 each on .
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