Marc Blatstein found that in an article written by Karen Lac, it becomes apparent that a simple process of either a manicure or a pedicure could do more harm than good. What some people don’t understand is the fact that the chemicals being used for these procedures can spawn irritation, allergic reactions and even infections if not handled properly. A quote from the Washington Post describes the current state of the cosmetic and nail industry, “In general, today’s nail cosmetics and nail salons are quite safe. However, there is a small risk of adverse effects that are not incredibly common but are something that people should be aware of.” Two chemicals that are found in nail polish that can cause possible side effects are acetone and formaldehyde. “Acetone in particular may irritate the skin around the nails and cuticles, causing the skin to become dry, itchy, and flaky.” Much like acetone, formaldehyde can cause cracking and itching of the skin. In some cases, nail polishes that are said to be toxic free actually have chemicals “linked to birth defects and cancer.”
The article also lists a number of ways to protect yourself from bacteria. One thing in particular is to consider not shaving close to the day you wish to have work done – a cut on your body could leave you susceptible to bacteria and infections. It might also be wise to go to the salon earlier in the day when the foot baths are the cleanest. Over the course of the day they could progressively get dirtier with more use by different people.
I do not intend to deter anyone from getting their feet or nails done, but I do wish for people to be informed of the process and to consider how clean the salon you are going to is. It is best to be mindful of your surroundings and the products you are using because you never know where they might lead. Remember that at the end of the day, you want to look great whether or not you’re wearing your best pair of heels.