If you’re anything like me, pedicures are a must.  One thing my daddy instilled in me was that men like pretty feet and a women’s feet shouldnt look she kicks rocks barefoot for a living.  It’s because of those words of wisdom that keeping a fresh coat of polish and soft feet has become a staple in my beauty routine.  In a quest to have pretty toes, it’s important to not let health take a backseat to beauty.  In an effort to avoid deadly/dangerous pedicures, here here a few tips/facts to keep in mind the next time you visit the nail salon.

  • Acrylic is the most damaging substance when it comes to nails.  It has the potential to peel off the top layer, thus weaking your natural nails.  I had to learn this lesson the hard way many years ago.  As a healthcare professional, I cant wear false nails anyway.  Silk wraps and gel are a better option.
  • Be sure have the nail technician dispose of nail files and orange sticks between customers.  It’s important that these items aren’t used on more than one customer because these materials are porous and can harbor lots of germs and harmful bacteria.  To be extra careful, you should opt to just buy your own personal nail kit.
  • And while on the subject of germs, only a steam autoclave or Barbicide (that blue liquid) can kill germs.  Those little toaster oven looking machines dont get the job done.
  • To prevent ingrown toenails, ask the nail technician to cut or file your nails staright across.  This is especially important if you’re a diabetic.
  • *CANCER ALERT* Using those  UV lamps to dry your nails may be linked to cancer.  Decrease your risk by using the fans or letting your nails air dry.

Hope this cheat sheet helps.

Remember, keep a healthy demeanor, both inside and out 🙂