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So, if manicures are your go-to pay day treat, you'll know just how good a fresh set of gel nails can make you feel.

Not only do they look great, but they last for ages and the application process is incredibly simple.

However, it seems this little act of self-care doesn't come without some minor health risks.

Of course, at this stage we're all aware of the dangers of stepping outside sans suncream on a sweltering hot day, yet few of us realise that we are being exposed to those same UV rays when getting our nails done.

The Skin Cancer Foundation are speaking out in an effort to make people aware of the potential risks.

“Some nail lamps are called “UV” lamps, and some are called LED lamps, but both emit UV radiation. They predominantly produce UVA rays, which have been linked to both premature skin ageing and skin cancer,” says Elizabeth K Hale, Skin Cancer Foundation Senior Vice President.

However, she did note that the risks are far lower than those presented by the prolonged use of tanning beds.

“Even the most intense of these devices presents only a moderate UV risk – a far lower risk than that presented by UV tanning devices.”

But, if you do want to keep your hands looking young and fresh, simply smother your hands in factor 30+ at least 20 minutes before your manicure.



Do you always struggle finding a nail polish that actually stays in place for a full day? 

We do too. 

That's why we were so excited when Suzanne Jackson launched SOSU nail polish range earlier this year. 

The innovative gel nail polish means you can achieve salon-worthy nails in the comfort of your own home – and for a fraction of the price. Score!

All polishes also include a brand new brush for an even easier application which means the polish can be applied in one easy action, for a longer-lasting, chip-free colour. 

Ms Jackson launched 25 colours in her first collection and this season she has added eight luxurious new colours to the range. 

Suzanne reveals that the application is an easy process if you follow a few simple steps:

"Make sure your nails are shaped, filed and buffed before applying any polish.

"Then apply one thin layer of SOSU base coat, two thin layers of a SOSU colour of your choice followed by a thin layer of SOSU top coat, allowing each coat to dry before applying the next!"

"The formulations in the SOSU base and top coat helps to protect the nails and also forms the gel-like, non-chip finish which means the polish can last for up to four to seven days before having to reapply."

The new A/W collection colours are available from pharmacies nationwide, Penneys stores and selected nail salons now. 

All polishes are priced at a wholly reasonable €7.99, and if they're anything like her last collection, you better be quick before they all sell out.