There’s nothing quite as relaxing as heading to a nail salon for a pedicure. Between the massage chair, the warm foot soak, and the foot massage — it’s bliss!
While getting a pedicure can be a relaxing experience, it’s essential to be mindful of certain factors to protect the health of your feet. Prioritizing foot hygiene can help reduce issues like ingrown nails or fungal infections.
Before you go to the nail salon, our Eazy Foot & Ankle team in Los Angeles, California, suggests you keep these considerations in mind.
Choose a reputable salon
Before making an appointment, research to find a reputable nail salon. Look for a salon that prioritizes cleanliness and sterilization practices. Ensuring that the salon follows proper sanitation procedures is crucial for preventing the spread of infections and diseases.
California law requires nail salons to be licensed for operations under the State Board of Cosmetology. If you have any doubts, don’t hesitate to ask to see the licenses of the nail technicians. Each one should be up-to-date and displayed in places regulated by the law. If they aren’t posted or up-to-date, find a new salon.
Bring your own tools
To minimize the risk of infections, it’s best to bring your own nail tools, including clippers, files, and buffers. While most salons have their own sterilization processes, your tools ensure an extra layer of safety and reduce the chance of cross-contamination.
Opt for a waterless pedicure
Waterless pedicures are gaining popularity due to their hygienic benefits. Instead of soaking your feet in a shared basin, a waterless pedicure uses warm towels or a specialized foot mask to soften the skin. This method reduces the risk of contracting fungal infections, eliminating the chance of exposure to contaminated water.
Be cautious with callus removal
Calluses are thickened areas of skin that develop due to excessive pressure or friction. While callus removal is often a part of a pedicure, it’s important to be cautious during the process. Improper or excessive filing can lead to cuts or wounds, increasing the risk of infections and slow-healing wounds. It’s best to leave callus removal to board-certified podiatrist Albert Elhiani, DPM, who can ensure your feet get treated safely and effectively.
Keep an eye on the foot spa
If you opt for a traditional foot soak during your pedicure, make sure the foot spa is cleaned and disinfected between each client. Bacteria and fungi thrive in warm and moist environments, so maintaining strict hygiene protocols is crucial. If you notice any signs of inadequate cleaning, it’s best to avoid using the foot spa altogether.
Avoid harsh chemicals
Nail polishes, polish removers, and other chemical-based products can cause harm to your nails and skin. Some nail polishes require harsh removal methods that can damage your nails.
Look for salons that offer non-toxic or organic options to minimize the exposure to potentially harmful substances. Alternatively, consider bringing your own nail polish and remover to ensure using products you’re comfortable with.
Practice good foot hygiene at home
Even if you visit a reputable nail salon, it’s critical to maintain good foot hygiene at home. Wash your feet daily, dry them thoroughly (especially between the toes), and moisturize regularly. Trim your nails straight across to prevent ingrown nails, and inspect your feet regularly for any signs of infection or abnormalities.
A trip to the nail salon can be a delightful experience, but it’s crucial to prioritize the health and safety of your feet. By choosing a reputable salon, bringing your own tools, and being mindful of hygiene practices, you can enjoy a relaxing pedicure while minimizing the risk of infections or foot-related issues.
Remember, if you have any concerns about your foot health, don’t hesitate to contact us! Schedule your next appointment in our office, located conveniently in the Pico Robertson area of Los Angeles, California. You can also reach us at 424-375-6348. Stay proactive and keep your feet happy and healthy!