There’s nothing more relaxing than spending a day getting pampered at the salon. But while getting these pedicures, spas and other services, you must make sure that the salon you are visiting hygienic and safe. When you visit a salon, you could be exposing yourself to a number of illnesses. A recent study conducted in the US has claimed that those who work in salons are frequently exposed to volatile organic compounds which could damage the health and even lead to serious diseases like cancer. For the study, the levels of formaldehyde, benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene, were measured in nail salons. The finding revealed that 70 per cent of the people who worked in salons had at least one health issue related to their employment. Some of the many diseases that these people could be at risk include squamous cell carcinoma, nasopharyngeal cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and leukaemia. In fact, it was also found that the level of exposure to the harmful compounds inside the salons was almost as much as that in oil refinery and auto garages.

Apart from the toxic compounds, did you know that you could get a host of infections from salons? After all, there are a number of instruments like nail cutters, scissors, waxing strips, nail filers, facial massagers and other equipment that are used commonly for all visitors to the salon. It is very vital for your salon to make sure that the instruments are sterilized and cleaned after every use. If not, you could get a number of infections.
While waxing you must make sure that your beautician is using a fresh batch of wax for you. Waxing is done to pluck the hair from the follicle. This also results in the removal of dead cells from the uppermost layer of the skin. This could sometimes lead to ingrown hair, boils and bleeding. Often, the beauticians re-dip the applicator in the wax pot after application. This will only spread infections and germs.

You should also make sure that your beautician is sterilising the pedicure and manicure instruments after use. This is essential to ensure that the infection is not spread and the instruments are thoroughly cleaned.