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What really hides in the pedicure trays


Source: Huffington Post

A visit to a pedicure salon can be a great excuse to relax in a chair and flip through magazines, resulting in beautiful legs without any extra effort, writes Huffington Post.

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But these procedures can be painful in every sense of the word, experts are convinced. Minor injuries, including cuts and scrapes, are common even in high-end spas. There are other risks as well, which we will discuss below. Michelle Green, a New York dermatocosmetologist, spoke about the potential dangers that lurk in pedicure baths that everyone should know about.

“There are many possible infections lurking in these trays, including bacteria, fungi and germs that cause warts. If you find inflammation after a pedicure, see your doctor - you may need to properly treat the area and start taking antibiotics. "

Green added that the risk of infection is increased if the pedicure practitioner uses non-sterile tools or if you keep your feet in contaminated water. Redness and even blistering may appear on the toes. In America, cases of infection have been recorded, which led to serious consequences - at best, everything ended in scars.

Fortunately, there are some simple precautions that you can take to make the visit to the spa really enjoyable and without surprises.

Skip shave

Experts at the American Academy of Dermatology recommend shaving your legs after your pedicure, not before. It is advisable to do without shaving for at least 24 hours before the procedure, otherwise microbes that spread around during the pedicure process can penetrate through small, even invisible skin lesions after shaving, and cause infection. Do not worry that the employees of the salon may be embarrassed by your unshaven legs - firstly, they saw something different, and secondly, health is more expensive. Do not go for a pedicure if there are cuts, bites, rashes, or sores on your knees and feet.

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Bring your tools

A good investment in your health and beauty is purchasing your own manicure set. Most salons do not mind this at all, because you pay the regular price for the service of a master. In addition, you can carefully examine the tools used in the salon and ask them to show how and in what they are cleaned and with what they are wiped.

Conduct an inspection

After checking the instruments, look around - examine the foot baths, make sure that everything is clean and tidy, that the places for the used instruments are clearly marked at the master's workplace, there is equipment for disinfection. You can ask to show government licenses or state certifications. Don't be afraid to ask questions about safety and hygiene. Baths and filters require at least 10 minutes of disinfection between clients using a special disinfectant solution.

Do not cut pedicure.

Gently pushed cuticle allows you to varnish a wider space of the nail, and yet, in the cabin it is better not to cut, namely, to push. After trimming pedicure, the skin becomes more vulnerable to infections, and each subsequent incision aggravates the situation.

Avoid tricks

Get a traditional pedicure. There is no need to resort to gimmicks and marketing gimmicks like a fish pedicure, a procedure in which tiny Garra rufa fish nibble on the horny skin of the feet. Animal welfare organization PETA argues that fish do it because they are simply starved, and that the procedure is considered cruelty to animals. In addition, it is very difficult to clean the bath between clients after such a procedure, and accordingly, it is easy to pick up an infection.

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