Spa-tacular Nails

The dos and doníts of a pedicure.

Do
Ask salon workers how the foot spas are maintained and how often they are cleaned. Observe the actions of nail technicians while they work on clients to see if foot baths are disinfected after each customer.

Don’t
Get a pedicure if you have cuts or abrasions on your feet or legs. Micro-organisms living in foot baths can enter through openings in the skin and cause infections. This includes bug bites, bruises, scratches, scabs or poison ivy.

Do
Pay attention to the amount of time technicians spend cleaning foot baths in between customers. The disinfectant needs to work for the full time listed on its label, which is typically ten minutes, depending on the type of disinfectant. It is worth your health and safety to practice patience at the spa! Infections can lead to serious illnesses.

Don’t
Shave, wax or use hair removal creams within a day before getting a pedicure.

Do
Check your skin for an infection during the days following your pedicure. If open wounds resembling insect bites appear on the skin of your feet and legs, and increase in size and severity over time, seek medical attention immediately.

Do
Visit your podiatrist or primary care physician if you suspect you may have a serious infection.

Don’t
Use the spa’s tools. Tools used by other people might carry bacteria and fungi. Always bring your own pedicure kit or have a personal kit kept at your favorite spa.