GET PEDI READY
Emily Stock, a chiropodist and founder of Barefoot Beauty Natural Nail Salon & Beauty Bar in Toronto, offers these tips for a healthy salon pedicure.
1 Look for signs of sterilized instruments. If your instruments come straight out of a sealed pouch, this suggests they’ve been cleaned in a medical-grade sterilizer, which kills pathogens.
2 Ask for a polish that’s five-free, meaning it doesn’t contain formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, camphor, or dibutyl phthalate. These ingredients are known to have a variety of negative health effects, from respiratory irritation to carcinogen activity.
3 Beware of razors or other sharp tools. Nail technicians are not trained to use sharp instruments and their tools may not be disinfected well enough to protect you from blood-borne diseases.