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By contactus
October 06, 2010
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Are you just having one of those weeks? For many, the thought of relaxation is coupled with thoughts of a great afternoon at the salon getting a pedicure. Before you go, make sure to take a look at this helpful list to ensure your day at the salon is a healthy one.
1. Bring Your Own Instruments
This will help decrease the risk of catching viruses, bacteria and fungus. Things to bring include: nail nipper, cuticle nipper, cuticle pusher and curette cleaner.
2. Ask About Instrument Cleaning
Does the salon sterilize their instruments or do they just disinfect? Sterilization of instruments by autoclaving is the better choice.
3. Ask What Type of Foot Bath is Used
Usually the whirlpool foot bath is either piped or pipe-free. It is thought that pipe-free is better because piped whirlpool foot baths have been found to contain bacteria in their pipes, jets and water filtration systems. The pipe-free whirlpool foot baths can easily be removed for cleaning. If the foot bath uses a liner, make sure that a new liner is being used each time.
4. Ask If Disposable Items Are Used Only Once
Items such as nail files, foot files, buffers and toe separators should be used only once. You may want to consider bringing your own disposable items with you.
5. Make Sure Technician's Hands Are Clean
The nail technician should wash their hands in between clients. If they do not wash their hands, request that they do or that they wear gloves. Be cautious of a technician with fake (artificial) fingernails. It is hard to clean the area between the fake fingernail and the real fingernail.
6. Ask If the Salon and Technician Are Licensed
The salon and technician should both be licensed by their state governing board. Usually the board of cosmetology. The licenses should be clearly displayed at the salon.
7. Don't Shave Legs 24 Hours Before Appointment
Nicks and cuts from shaving create small openings in the skin where bacteria can enter. If you have any open sores, wait until they heal before getting a pedicure.
8. Tell Technician Your Medical Conditions and Medications
Certain medical conditions and medications can increase the risk of infection. Examples include: diabetes, lymphedema, peripheral vascular disease (PVD), neuropathy, HIV and autoimmune diseases like lupus. Examples of medications include: chemotherapy agents and blood thinners such as coumadin.
Foot health is of extreme importance when visiting a spa. Be careful and your feet will thank you later!

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