SELFCARE

Five things to consider before a nail procedure

Pedicures and manicures can be the easiest way to get nail infections.

In Summary

• Do not shy away from carrying your own pedicure and manicure tools.

• A saloon that disinfects with steamer sterilizer and alcohol/spirits should be your go-to

Manicure
Manicure
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In an era where self care is glorified, nobody wants to get it wrong.

But some acts of self love can cause infections, irritation or wounds.

This article lists five important factors to consider before getting a manicure or pedicure.

Getting pedicures and manicures at random places

Pedicures and manicures can be the easiest way to get nail infections.

In a bid to save time, most ladies and gents opt to pop into any nail shop after work to get their nails pampered.

But visits to these random nail parlors have resulted in fungal and bacterial nail infection for some forcing them to seek medical attention.

A customer getting a manicure
A customer getting a manicure
Image: MARGARET WANJIRU

Always go to a salon or spa that sanitises its items.

They say prevention is better than cure. When hunting for a spa to get your nails done, ask your friends to recommend one spot they are familiar with.

Check the place’s social media handle before going there physically and observing how they operate in terms of cleanliness and hygiene.

A saloon that disinfects with steamer steriliser and alcohol/spirits should be your go-to.

Unlike steam which easily spreads across the entire surface of a bottle or pump, UV rays do not completely sanitise, they only kill germs on the surface.

Do not be shy to carry your own pedicure and manicure tools.

A nail salon
A nail salon
Image: MARGARET WANJIRU

Go when they are not so busy

Most people look forward to getting pedicures and manicures over the weekend.

Schedule your appointment early before the tools and equipment are used on many clients to minimise the risk of infections.

shaving legs
shaving legs
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Don't shave your legs before getting a pedicure

Shaving leaves you susceptible to infections. Go a little hairy then shave afterwards.

Blades create micro-tears in your skin, which can allow bacteria to enter your legs.

Anti Uv Gloves For Gel Nail Lamp
Anti Uv Gloves For Gel Nail Lamp
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Get UV manicure gloves or wear sunscreen

A 2015 study published in JAMA Dermatology recommends that gel manicure enthusiasts should use "physical blocking sunscreens or UVA protective gloves to limit the risk of cancer and photo aging.

You can also buy socks and gloves, cut the tips of the fingers to protect your skin.


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