Why You Should Skip the Salon and Opt for a Safe Summer Pedicure at Home Instead
Strappy sandals giving you blisters? Flip flops causing calluses? As lovely as a spa pedicure sounds, running to your local salon for a pedicure might not be the safest thing to do.
A new study published in the June 2019 edition of the journal Environmental Pollution shows that in Colorado, nail salon employees work in conditions similar to that of an oil refinery or auto garage. While a customer isn’t suffering the same long-term exposure to chemicals like benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene, all of which is linked to an increased risk of developing cancer, it just doesn’t seem worth the risk. In addition to the potentially harmful chemicals used in nail care, bacteria and other germs found in salons, especially pedicure tubs, could cause staph and other infections.
It’s better to skip the salon entirely and give yourself an at-home pedicure using products you’ve vetted and shopped for yourself. Your safe summer pedicure is as easy as …
1. Soak. Soak feet in lukewarm water to soften skin and nails. Add a therapeutic foot soak with revitalizing organic flowers and essential oils to the water to help bring life back to tired, achy feet.
2. Scrub. After soaking feet, work a stimulating sugar body scrub onto heels, the balls of feet, and bottom of big toes, where rough patches often occur, to exfoliate dry skin and reveal softer, healthier skin.
3. Snip. While damp, remove any dirt from under your nails and clip them straight across. Don’t cut into the corners of your nails and don’t clip them too short, which can cause ingrown toenails. Dry thoroughly before filing nails in order to prevent damage. Use a nail buffer to buff, polish, and shine nails all in one step.
4. Soothe. Finish your pedicure with a rich moisturizer. Look for a foot therapy cream that provides ultra hydration for heels and other rough skin spots. Use in between home pedicures to maintain soft skin and keep feet feeling good.
Pure haven provides a variety of products that can help you pamper your feet throughout the summer and all year long. To learn more, connect with your pure haven Consultant today.
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Walters, Amanda. (9 May 2019). Is your salon clean? The warning signs to know before getting that pedicure. WKYC Channel 3 (Cleveland, OH).