Manicure and Pedicure Safety: How to Avoid Health Risks

Do you love getting your nails done, but hate the fact that they always seem to chip or break after just a few days? If so, you’re not alone. Many women find it difficult to keep their nails looking their best for more than a few days. However, with some knowledge and basic precautions, you can keep your manicures and pedicures looking great for weeks. Check out these tips below!

How to get a safe and healthy manicure

  1. Avoid overly hot water when soaking your nails, as this can dry your skin and nails. Instead, use warm water and add a few drops of essential oil to help relax and moisturize your hands and feet.
  2. When trimming your nails, use sharp nail scissors or clippers. Dull instruments can tear your nails, which can lead to infection.
  3. risk of infection from manicuresBe very careful when removing old nail polish. Soaking your nails in acetone for too long can cause them to become brittle and dry. Instead, use a non-acetone remover or cotton pads soaked in alcohol.
  4. Always file your nails in one direction to avoid splitting or breaking them. Start at the edge of the nail and file towards the center.
  5. Massage a cuticle cream or oil into your cuticles to keep them moisturized. This will also help to prevent hangnails.
  6. When applying polish, be sure to use a base coat to help protect your nails from staining. Next, apply thin coats of polish, allowing each layer to dry completely before adding another. Finally, finish with a top coat for extra shine and protection.
  7. Avoid using nail hardeners as they can make your nails more brittle and prone to breaking. Instead, choose a nail strengthener that contains vitamins and minerals to help nourish your nails.
  8. When choosing a manicure or pedicure product, look for formaldehyde-free and cruelty-free ones.
  9. Always wash your hands thoroughly before and after a manicure or pedicure to prevent the spread of bacteria.
  10. If you have any cuts or scrapes on your hands or feet, disinfect them and cover them with a bandage before beginning your manicure or pedicure.

Manicure and pedicure safety: how to avoid infections

Manicures and pedicures are common beauty treatments performed in a salon or at home. While they are generally safe, there is a risk of infection if the tools and products used are not sterilized properly.

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There are several ways to reduce the risk of infection from manicures and pedicures, including:

  • Washing your hands thoroughly before and after the treatment
  • Avoiding cuts or scrapes on the skin during the treatment
  • Using only sterile, single-use instruments
  • Make sure the salon or spa uses proper sterilization techniques
  • Only go to a salon that is clean and well-maintained. In addition, the nail instruments should be sterilized after each use.
  • Make sure the salon staff uses gloves when performing the treatment.
  • Do not shave your legs before getting a pedicure. This can increase your risk of developing an infection.
  • If you have any cuts or open wounds on your hands or feet, tell the salon staff so they can take appropriate precautions.
  • After the treatment, watch for any signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, or pus. If you develop any of these symptoms, see a doctor right away.

Contact a healthcare provider immediately if you notice any redness, swelling, or other signs of infection after a manicure or pedicure.

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