Hello everyone!
I hope everyone is doing well and is ready for my next tip off. So another tip I learned while I was in nail school is one that I was surprised to learn, because again it was not something that I had heard from either the manicurist or just heard of.
So before you book your next pedicure whether it be a basic or spa pedicure you should make sure that you have not shaved your legs and maybe possibly even waxed, especially if you're using a soft wax that requires muslin strips, within 48 hours of getting your pedicure service.  And here are a few key reasons why you should not shave or wax within 48 hours:

  1. The main reason being you increase your risk of getting a bacterial infection.
  2. You can also increase the risk of inflammation due to the products used.
  3. Improper sanitation and disinfection procedures for whirlpool foot baths.

How are the risks of getting a bacterial infection increased from shaving?
When shaving, sometimes you may nick or cut yourself (we have all done it, I know I have plenty of times) and bacteria can get into that cut causing you to contract an infection such as MRSA. MRSA can manifest in many different ways such as rashes, open sores, inflamed skin; and this can spread all over your body and not just in the area in which you have a cut. MRSA is also fairly difficult to treat.
This also applies to waxing, because waxing can sometimes leave your skin raw; which means the skin is more subceptible to bacteria.

How does shaving and waxing increase the risk of inflammation or irritation from the products used?
Some products used are alcohol based and can cause discomfort or burning sensation, such as the sanitizing foot spray; which is applied prior to submerging the feet in to the foot tub.  Also, if a foot scrub is used it can be highly irritating and cause further discomfort from the course granules, which can further open a wound or break alrealy raw skin that has been waxed.  You can also obtain burns if you opt for a parrafin wax treatment as part of the service.

What are the proper sanitation and disinfection procedures and why is it important?
Proper sanitation and disinfection is important because it can prevent the spread of bacterial infections.  When you decide to go to the salon the last thing any of us want to worry about is whether or not our manicurists is doing everything to keep us safe.  But how do we know if they are doing just that if we, as clients, do not know what the proper procedures are?  How do you know what to look for?  It's not like they post that information for us in the salon; and it's not like many of us have actually read the books that are used in nail school, unless you attended nail school.
Based upon the book I studied from (Miladay's Standard Nail Technology, 6th edition), there are 3  ways in which sanitation and   disinfection are performed.  After each client, At the end of every day  and Once per week.  Below are how each are to be performed.

  1. After  each client
    1. drain water
    2. scrub all visible residue from inside the basin with a disinfected brush
    3. rinse basin with clean water
    4. refill with clean water and appropriate amount of hospital disinfectant and circulate through basin for 20 minutes
    5. drain, rinse, and dry with paper towel
  2. At the end of each day
    1. remove all removable parts - jets, filters/screens and footplates
    2. clean all removable parts, behind the removable parts and the basin with liquid soap, water and a disinfected brush.  Then replace the removable parts.
    3. Fill basin with clean warm water and chelating detergent and circulate through the basin for 10 - 20 minutes or as indicated by the manufacturer.
    4. drain, and rinse basin
    5. refill with clean water and accurate amount of hospital disinfectant and circulate for 20 minutes
    6. drain, rinse and wipe dry
  3. Once per week:
    1. repeat the "at the end of the day" steps 1 - 5.
    2. do not drain the disinfectant solution; turn off unit and allow to soak overnight.
    3. in the morning drain, rinse and wipe dry
Personally, I would perform the "at the end of the day" cleaning after each client.  There is no telling the types of bacteria found on a persons feet.  All the debris that is removed from each client's feet end up trapped in the filter/screen of the jets.  And as the water continuously circulates through the dirty filter, some bacteria particles makes its way back into the basin and into any open wounds you may have after shaving or waving.

Next time you go to the salon, you should ask them how they clean their whirlpool tubs and specifically how often are the jets and filters/screens removed and cleaned.  If they are hesitant, or don't answer your...I suggest leaving.  You should also arrive early and watch how the cleaning is done; inspect the general cleanliness of the salon and bathroom.

Hopefully this information was helpful and if you have any questions, leave them below.  Also, check out the video version of this tip!

Polished at all times...by Lo'Rain