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Alison Beaver: Happy Spring Time! Tips to Receive a Healthy Spa Treatment and Pedicure

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Happy Spring Time! Tips to Receiving a Healthy Pedicure

With two self-employed adults in my household, we don’t usually “indulge” in spa treatments on a regular basis, but I do make sure to save some time and money for my annual springtime pedicure!

Here are some helpful tips on what to look for in your next spa treatment, to make sure your next pedicure is a healthy one:

1. Be aware of potential risks and be a consumer advocate for yourself by asking how the salon cleans and disinfects foot spas (EPA-registered hospital disinfectant should be used between each customer and nightly).

2. Bacteria and microorganisms have been found in “footspas”, and can lead to skin infections. Because these microorganisms enter from the water through broken skin, be sure to reschedule your spa treatment if you have a cut, abrasion, scratch or poison ivy on your legs or feet.
3. Protect your skin. It is recommended that you do not shave 24 hours before a pedicure, as this can cause minor cuts in your skin.
4. Chronic conditions, like diabetes, will require extra precautions. Any break in the skin, from trimming of a callous or cuticle, can increase risk of foot infection.
5. Overall, look around for general cleanliness and trust your instinct/feelings if the spa is well maintained, healthy and safe

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