The Essential Do’s and Don’ts of Nail Salons:

Keep Your Spa Days Safe and Enjoyable with these Practical Tips!


The Essential Do’s and Don’ts of Nail Salons:


Keep Your Spa Days Safe and Enjoyable with these Practical Tips!

Visiting the nail salon can be a relaxing and enjoyable experience, allowing us to unwind and indulge in self-care. Dr. Timothy M. Jochen, a respected dermatologist with offices in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, La Quinta, and Loma Linda, provides crucial advice to ensure that your salon visits remain worry-free and safe.

Do’s and Don’ts at the Nail Salon

1. Do Ensure Your Skin is Intact:

Before any nail treatment, always make sure the skin that may come in contact with any chair, tool, or tub is intact and protected. This precaution will help in preventing the absorption of harmful bacteria.

2. Don’t Shave Legs before a Pedicure:

Legs should not be freshly shaven before a pedicure, as shaving can cause the skin to be more susceptible to bacterial infections. A nick or cut from shaving can be an entry point for bacteria.

3. Do Avoid Razor-Like Devices:

Refuse any offer from nail technicians to shave off calluses or any other area. The use of razor-like devices is not a technique that nail technicians are licensed to perform, and it can lead to injury due to lack of training and licensing.

4. Don’t Allow Technicians to Cut Your Cuticles:

Your cuticles protect your nails from infections. Instead of cutting, opt for a cuticle softener that allows the cuticle to be gently pushed back, preventing possible exposure to bacteria.

5. Do Bring Your Own Tools:

Consider bringing your own set of manicure/pedicure tools to the salon. This practice can help in preventing bacterial infections, provided you maintain your set properly by washing in warm soapy water and soaking in an antibacterial solution for at least 10 minutes after every use.

Ensuring a safe and pleasant experience at the nail salon is crucial to avoid unexpected and unpleasant events related to contamination. Dr. Timothy M. Jochen, with his wealth of experience in dermatology, stresses the importance of adhering to these do’s and don’ts for a worry-free and enjoyable spa day.

If you experience any skin-related issues or need professional advice on skin care, feel free to contact us.

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Dr. Timothy Jochen Medical Director, Contour Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery Center
Dr. Jochen specializes in Mohs Surgery for skin cancer removal, facial rejuvenation including cosmetic laser technology, Botox® and facial fillers, soft tissue augmentation, leg and facial vein treatment, tumescent liposuction and hair restoration/transplants.

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