Whether you prefer hot pink, French or natural, most of us are getting our hobbit feet cleaned up, if they haven’t been already!
But did you bargain for that foot fungus with your new feet?
How do you avoid bringing something nasty home with you on your feet? It’s pretty easy.
I’m a spa junkie, and over the years I have picked up some tips from spa professionals as well as doctors and nurses on how to protect yourself from infections at these types of places. I’ve compiled a list for you to use as a guide. Ain’t I great?
Check to make sure that they are well-sanitized in between uses; the technician should be using an antibacterial solution to wipe them down in between uses, and the tubs should also be rinsed thoroughly. Each night they should also be deep cleaned and disinfected.
Inspect the tools
If in doubt you can always ask the spa about their process for sanitizing tools and footbaths.
Communicate with your technician
Techs should also be washing their hands inbetween clients, and/or wearing disposable gloves during your pedicure. This protects you AND them!
- Don’t shave, wax, or otherwise epilate your legs for 48 hours before getting a pedicure. These procedures can cause small cuts and tears in the skin, and when you’re soaking in the footbath and getting that leg massage, microorganisms can be introduced to those openings.
- Same idea: if you’ve got an existing cut, bug bite or scratch on your legs or feet you shouldn’t be getting a pedicure
- A lot of technicians will try and trim your cuticles, but this is also risky business. Littls slips of the snippers happen quite often, which can again leave you with small (and sometimes large, ugh!) cuts in your toes. Nobody wants that!
- Your toenails should also always be cut and filed straight across–this will prevent ingrown toenails (it happens on the sides a lot!)
- If you have diabetes, you need to be extra careful of the massages and any type of cutting tool used around your feet. Speak with the technician beforehand about your condition
- Don’t get a pedicure if you’ve already got some sort of infection! Warts count too, ladies! You don’t want to catch anything, so why would you subject some other innocent woman to your virus? lol
- Never allow your nails to be cleaned out with a sharp instrument that may puncture your skin. Duh.
- Make sure your toes are completely dry before you leave, extra moisture can cause fungal growth
- It’s always ok for you to bring your own tools, and even your own polish! Better safe than sorry!
Now, looking back it seems like there might be a lot to be worried about when you go to get your feet done. But really, it’s not that bad! Much like any situation, use your common sense. Most nail bars and spas are happy to answer any questions you have about their maintenance or procedures; and want to make your experience as enjoyable as possible!
I personally love getting my feet done and with a little common sense and the tips above I have avoided getting any kind of infection from the spas I frequent.
With that said… Get out there and beautify yourselves, ladies!!!!