Unsanitary-looking tubs and bowls are just the beginning. Most women don’t know that some of the tools commonly utilized during manicures and pedicures are actually illegal and can cause harm.
While it’s hard to know if the metal tools (cuticle and nail clippers, cuticle pushers and scissors) used during your manicure and pedicure are properly sanitized or not, Essie Weingarten, founder and creator of Essie nail polishes and nail care, says that the best method of reassurance is seeing a sanitizer out in the open. “You want to look for an Enclave sterilizer and tools kept in plastic bags that are opened in front of you,” she says. Anything that’s not properly disinfected can transmit bacteria from one client to the next.
Most salons use sanitation kit but there are a large percentage of manicurists who don’t use them, as they are expensive and time-consuming. If you don’t see UV sanitizers around, bring your own set of tools with you. “That’s a sure way of knowing they are sanitized and only used on you,” adds Weingarten.
Watch out for razors as well. Razors, which are often used to eliminate dead skin on the feet, are illegal in most states yet are continually used, Weingarten says. “Razor blades are trouble—the more you cut, the more the callus grows.” Instead, she suggests a pumice stone, used nightly in the shower, to soften feet.
So make sure you’re taking proper precautions before making your next appointment. And before you go, check out our favorite nail polish trends here.
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