Spring is already here and summer is just around the corner. This time of the season means that women will be doing pedicures so they can come out of those boots and closed-up shoes; instead wearing their favorite sandals and flip flops. Before you go for that dainty pedicure, there are some things you need to know that may be a risk to your health. We will discuss these below.
What to do first?
Before you begin to soak your feet, make sure that the bubbles are not turned on because it influences bacteria and fungus. You don’t want to get a viral infection or athlete’s food that will take you to the podiatrist. The foot baths at these salons may not be cleaned or sanitized properly, which should be done every ten minutes after each client use. This results in bacteria build-up, which will subsequently harm you if any part of your skin is cut during the pedicure. Instead, go to a salon that uses bath liners or foot baths without the pipes.
Inspect the Tools
Ask to inspect the tools being used for the pedicure and make sure that they are sterilized. As you enter the salon, take extra precaution to assess whether the tools are being soaked in disinfectant (blue liquid). If not, let the person doing the pedicure know that you will wait to see that this is done. This process kills bacteria on the tool and prevents infection afterwards.
There are some salons that use UV lights instead, but full sterilization in these machines can take up to six hours to be effective because the temperature has to be really high. Moreover, the tools have to be carefully scrubbed after that. Be aware of the types of tools that are being used to make sure that they can be sterilized. In fact, it wouldn’t be out of line to bring your own nail clip, buffer and nail files because you will know for sure that they are sterilized. If you forget, just pay attention to what is going on around you.
Be involved by telling the pedicure specialist how you want your nails to be cut and cuticles cleaned. You don’t want to have to end up in the doctor’s office because of an infected cut. Make sure that your toenails are cut directly across the shape of your nail and not in the corners. If this is done, it will cause ingrown nail growth and unimaginable pain later on. If you suffer from ingrown nails, visit the podiatrist first before going for that spring pedicure. If you are a diabetic, HIV or have low immune system, you may be susceptible to more infections, if you pedicure is compromised. Therefore, it is in your best interest to pay closer attention during your pedicure.
So before you accept those tempting pedicure discounts, take a closer look at your salon and their pedicure practices. Go to the salon during less busier hours, which may be during weekdays and earlier in the morning where there is not as much traffic. Do you pay attention to what your pedicurist is doing? Well, you should. Leave your comments below about this article.