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Thursday, June 15, 2017

How to Avoid Infections at the Nail Salon

First rule to remember is that not all nail salons are created equal and therefore should be chosen very carefully. Make sure that you find a salon that has obvious cleaning procedures in place between clients and where the staff routinely sterilizes their instruments. Do not feel bad for setting high standards about hygienic practices when deciding on a salon, this will enable you to truly relax and not have to worry while you are being pampered. Here are a few more tips to follow to ensure a pleasant visit without any unwelcome outcomes.

  1. Bring your own instruments- This allows you to be sure of how the instruments are maintained and cleaned therefore lowering the risk of infection. Check with your chosen salon first to make sure that they are aware of your preference to do so.
  2. Avoid Cuts- If your skin has an opening like a cut or scratch of any kind, it is not a good time to attend a nail salon. Your skin is your primary barrier that stops bacteria from getting into your bloodstream. You should also be cautious of shaving your legs right before getting a pedicure for the same reasons.
  3. Defend your cuticles- Your cuticles are meant to prevent bacteria from getting underneath the skin by your nail bed. Pedicurist will push back and trim this skin away thus opening your toes up to infection. Just simply ask them to leave your cuticles alone. This will eliminate another opportunity for bacteria to get in.