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A few basic SPA & PARLOUR Precautions that go a long way in preventing skin infections

With the growing awareness about self grooming in both women & men; the number of people visiting spa’s or parlour has increased tremendously over the years. More people means; more chances of contracting skin infections.
Though the spa & parlour owners try their best to avoid such scenarios it becomes virtually impossible in some cases especially during the festive season.
Hence it is always better to keep a few precautions in mind; for they help eliminate our chances of contracting skin infections. Obviously you don’t want to leave the parlour or spa with a skin infection therefore ‘it’s better to be safe than sorry’.
  1. Ask your spa therapist if she/he has changed the towels or sheets before you start the spa therapy/massage. If you feel the towels or sheets are looking used then just politely ask them to change saying you have sensitive/reactive skin.
  2. Never use the change dress kept there in a change room locker, always ask for a fresh one.
  3. For a face spa session always carry your own small face towel to wipe after the procedure.
  4. Make Sure the therapist has washed her/his hands before starting your session.
Note: All good parlours have small sterilizer where they are suppose to heat sterilize all their tools (wax knifes, manicure pedicure tools, scissors etc) regularly. They may opt for soaking the tools in antibacterial solution. If this procedure is not being followed it is wrong.
  1. If you are going for a facial it is always advisable to carry your own scrub pad (these are very easily available in any supermarket) and a small face towel. These scrub pads are washable and hence reusable.
  2. If you are going for waxing ask the beautician to wipe the wax knife with astringent/sanitizer before starting with the waxing. Preferably these should be sterilized by the beautician. It is also advisable to use disposable waxing stripes.
  3. If you are going for a manicure or pedicure firstly check if the container having water/ foot massager is looking clean. If not get it changed. Secondly it is always advisable to carry your own tools. If you cannot do that, then at least carry your own foot scrub and ask your beautician to wipe the different tools with astringent/sanitizer. Also beware of special pedicure procedures offered these days by salons/parlours like Fish Pedicures wherein a certain kind of fish nibble the calluses off your feet rather than scrubbing them off. Some states have banned these ‘fish pedicures’ because salon workers can’t clean the tubs properly in between customers while the fish are in them. And it’s not possible to clean the fish, so they may spread infections from one customer to another.
  4. Make sure you take a bath when you go back home from your parlour.

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