Beware of Skin Hazards from Manicures and Pedicures

We’re all excited for the spring weather and with it comes a little freedom for your skin too.  You can shed the long layers, gloves and boots and opt for short sleeves, shorts and open-toed shoes.  Natura Veda will help make sure your skin is bright and ready for the warm weather, but what about your nails?  Many of us will head to the nail salon to get our fingers and toes in shape for sunny season.  Before you do, beware of some common skin hazards of manicures and pedicures and what you can do to keep yourself safe.

Nail salons, like restaurants, are mandated to follow sanitation and safety guidelines set forth by the government.  But that doesn’t always mean that they do and it can lead to some serious skin issues.  Therefore, dermatologists and podiatrists agree that you should take safety matters into your own hands to ensure you are avoiding skin hazards from manicures and pedicures.  Watch out for the following things at your nail salon:

Beware of jetted foot tubs:  Never stick your feet in the tub while the jets are running.  Fungus and bacterial build up in these spaces and can cause athletes foot, warts, staph, viral infections or bacterial infections if you have an open wound or your foot it accidentally cut during your pedicure.  Tubs should be sterilized for 10 minutes between clients and liners should be used as the safest measure.

Beware of tool sanitation:  Metal tools should also be sterilized between clients, either with a liquid disinfectant or a steamed autoclave.  Some tools such as nail files, cuticle sticks, buffers and pumice cubes should never be reused from client-to-client.  If your salon doesn’t give you your own kit, buy the supplies to make one yourself and bring it each time you get your nails done.

Beware of freshly shaved legs:  Shaving creates micro-tears in your skin that are susceptible to bacterial infections such as cellulitis.  Wait a few days after shaving to visit the salon to avoid this risk.


Beware of cutting nails and cuticles:  Nails should be cut straight across and not deep into the corners.  Cuticles are sensitive tissue that protects the nail bed.  If the cuticle is damaged, it could be permanent and affect your nail too.  Technicians should gently push back cuticles and then snip off only the dead skin left hanging around it. 

Beware of technicians that don’t wear gloves:  For everyone’s safety, your nail technician should be wearing clothes when giving you a manicure or pedicure and she should change the gloves in between each client.  If you find that your technician is not, ask her to put on gloves to prevent the spread of germs.

Beware of harsh chemicals:  Like your skin, nails are part of your body that you should respect and treat with care.  Using harsh chemicals can damage and weaken nails and can absorb into your bloodstream through your skin.  The fumes of toxic chemicals are also not good to inhale. 

Beware of nail polish:  Like any other tinted product, nail polish contains dyes that are not good for your body.  The best way to get your nails ready for sunny weather exposure is a beautiful, natural buff that doesn’t require chemicals sitting on your nails for weeks.

Beware of fast-paced crowded salons:  Chances are, if your nail salon looks like a nail factory, they are not spending the adequate time necessary to sanitize their equipment, tools and facility.  Your skin and nails are at risk so select a slower-paced salon dedicated to your safety.

As your fingers and toes emerge into the spring weather, be sure to employ manicure and pedicure safety to avoid skin hazards.  Happy Spring!

Erin Stieglitz
Erin Stieglitz