Having a pedicure is one of the beauty regimen that a number of people commonly do. However, it seems that this practice is not completely safe for nail salon clients. As a matter of fact, pedicure may pose some health hazards when people do not pay attention on what is being done to their feet. Thus, it is very important to learn a few tips about having a pedicure.
- FOREGO TURNING THE BUBBLES ON WHILE SOAKING THE FEET
During foot baths, pedicurists normally turn on the bubbles for the customers. However, the whirlpool bath, especially the jets, are favorable places for the growth of bacteria and fungi.
A New York-based podiatrist, Dr. Jackie Sutera claims that she handles about 10 to 12 patients suffering from fungal or viral affections, of which the causes may be attributed to having foot baths. Moreover, minor cuts on the skin are incurred during a pedicure, the client may be exposed to other bacterial pathogens harboring in the nail salon. What Dr. Sutera recommends is using pipeless foot baths or individual bath liners to avoid being exposed to bacteria and other pathogens. Moreover, nail salons should practice sanitization routines for 10 minutes in between clients.
Clients should also ensure that the spaces between their toes are dried after their nail appointments to prevent growth of fungal or bacterial organisms on those areas.
- ENSURE THAT PEDICURISTS ARE USING STERILIZED TOOLS FOR EACH CLIENT
Nail salons normally uses a blue liquid disinfectant (Barbicide) for sterilizing their tools. This product is formulated to kill microorganisms as per guidelines imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency. Still, salons may have different ways of sterilizing their tools so customers should check out which facility is the best in using cleaning equipment for their services.
In other cases, nail salons resort to UV lights when sanitizing their tools. These equipment look like toaster oven. However, no matter how formidable this machine look, using UV light is not the best way to sterilize pedicure tools. Basically, sterilization by UV light requires at least six hours to complete. The machine tools should be set a very high temperature first then soak them in different solutions before they can be scrubbed clean. Thus, given the business of nail salons, using such method is not recommended.
- KNOW WHICH TOOLS SHOULD BE USED FOR ONE CLIENT ONLY
Non-metal tools cannot be sterilized. Thus, they should be used on only one client on all occasions. As practiced, Dr. Sutera advises her clients to carry with them their own nail files and foot pumices. Likewise, she reminds them to sterilize their own tools at home. Meanwhile, other nail salon facilities provide their clients with their own file kits. These kits contain nail files, foot files, buffers, and orange wood stick. Clients may opt to keep these kits and bring them in their next appointment in the nail salon. However, clients should still remain vigilant and be careful not to get in contact with other previously used non-metal tools in the nail salon.
- PROPERLY INSTRUCT PEDICURIST REGARDING THE CUT ON TOENAILS AND CUTICLES
When trimming toenails, the cut should be performed straight across nail contour. Clients should ensure that their pedicurist does not cut into the corners to avoid having ingrown in the future. Basically, customers are discouraged from having their toenails cut into round shapes. On the other hand, for those who are already suffering from ingrown, they should consult a podiatrist right away.
Though a number of tips may be searched regarding proper way of cutting cuticles, in reality, there are no specific guidelines on how it should be done. Though most people opt to cut them, cuticles are mean for protecting nail growth. Thus, when people cut their cuticles, they are more prone to infection. Meanwhile, experts advise on maintaining softness and pliantness of cuticles by lubricating them and pushing them using the wood stick included in nail file kits.
- SKIP PEDICURE APPOINTMENTS AFTER SHAVING THE LEGS OR UNDER MORE SENSITIVE CONDITIONS
When people are not in their best shape, they should reconsider their appointment in nails salons. People with compromised immune systems, for example, the diabetics, HIV-infected individuals, elder people, and those with vascular health conditions, should be more careful when having a session with their pedicurists.
Moreover, if they have just recently shaved their legs, people have higher chances of being infected. This susceptibility is caused by microtears in skin resulting from use of razor on skin. In return, bacteria can easily infect the skin and cause infections. If this advice is not taken seriously, people may end up in hospitals. Thus, after shaving, clients should wait for a couple of days before going to nail salons.
- DO NOT BITE THOSE MANI-PEDI DEALS
It is common for nail salon facilities to offer specials or promos for their services. However, these things are more commonly provided in crowded salons with quick turnover. In this case, sanitization of tools may be compromised. With the flow of clients, pedicurists may not be able to properly clean his tools in between client appointments. Thus, to ensure that the tools used on them are sanitized thoroughly, clients should schedule for nail salon appointment during weekday mornings, when facilities are not too busy with many customers.