5 Reasons to Be Wary of Nail Salons
Allison Tsai | April 26, 2013
Getting a manicure and pedicure can be a relaxing treat, but you want to be careful about where you go. Making sure the tools are sanitary is the key to having a good experience. But here are some of the problems that can arise.
Fungal infections are common in nail salons due to instruments not being cleaned or the tubs of pedicure chairs not being properly sanitized after each customer. To minimize your risk, try buying your own instruments to be used at the salon.
Like fungal infections, staph infections, including antibiotic-resistant ones, also can be spread at nail salons due to dirty instruments or pedicure tubs. There are two documented cases of women dying from flesh-eating staph infections contracted at nail salons.
Contracting a virus from nail salons is also all too easy, especially when instruments are not sterilized properly. If your nail salon is using liquid sterilization, there is a higher chance you can catch a virus. Steam-sterilization and ultraviolet irradiated germicide offers the best protection.
Though the risk is low, people who get gel manicures subject their hands to UV lamps to seal the nail polish, which has been linked to an increased risk of developing skin cancer. In addition, people with gel manicures tend to have thinner, more brittle nails that peel and crack.
Damage to cuticles
The cuticle protects the nail from infection, and pushing it back can damage it and increase risk of infection. Buffing the base of the nail or smoothing the surface too aggressively can also damage the cuticle.