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Top Tips For a Safe and Clean Nail Salon

17th June 2015

We all love a visit to a luxury nail salon, to be treated and pampered and come away feeling great about ourselves, but one of the things that even the best nail salon may overlook is hygiene and health and safety. There have been many studies carried out by organisations such as the government Health and Safety Executive, as well as reports written up by numerous online and newspaper journalists. Every nail salon handles hygiene, health and safety in different ways, but at Match Skin Salon we want you to know that we take every step necessary to look after you when you visit our nail salon, so you can rest easy with the peace of mind that when you visit our nail salon we don’t just make sure you look great, we take good care of you too.

Does a Nail Salon Really Need To Be Strict About Hygiene?

When done right a manicure or pedicure is one of the safest beauty treatments that you can get done, but it is important that it’s done right. When you receive a manicure you should be aware that there is always an element of risk involved, with the possibility of broken skin being ever present. If you’re a regular visitor to a nail salon this might sound a bit odd to you, particularly if you come to Match Skin Salon where our beauticians are so highly skilled. Breaks in the skin can be so small that they’re microscopic and invisible to the human eye. Small cuts like this, along with more noticeable scratches, hangnails and insect bites might not bleed, but can still be a way for infection to enter the body. We pride ourselves on maintaining the highest standards of hygiene, and our beauticians are well trained and knowledgeable about how to keep you safe and at ease during your nail treatment.

Our Equipment is Always Clean and Sterilized

One of the most vital steps we take in ensuring that everyone who visits our luxury nail salon is comfortable, and most of all happy with the work that we do, is to keep all of our equipment sterilized. When we say all of our equipment, we do mean all of it. We sterilize our nails clippers, files, finger bowels, and the area where we give you your manicure or pedicure in-between every nail treatment we carry out. This means that every customer we see has freshly cleaned equipment without a trace of the customer who used it before you. We also ensure that we don’t reuse items that cannot be cleaned, such as emery boards and orange sticks. At Match Skin Salon we utilise a UV Light Sterilizer as well as Barbicide® to make sure that our equipment is safe to use each and every time we use it.

Contraindications – When We Won’t Give Nail Treatments

We welcome everyone to enjoy the nail treatments that we offer in our tranquil nail salon in the heart of Brighton, but in the instance where a contraindication is present we are unable to offer our nail treatments, and this is in order to make sure that we keep both our customers and our beauticians safe. A contraindication is a health condition which will result in one of the rare occasions where we have to deny a customer a nail treatment. Health conditions that affect areas such as hands, feet and nails would be considered as contraindications, and this can include some dermatological conditions, as well as fungal nail problems and general infections. In these instances it isn’t safe for our beauticians to provide nail treatments, as it presents a risk to them and to other customers in the salon. In these instances we would recommend a visit to a health specialist or GP to receive treatment. Once the contraindication has been cleared up we will be more than happy to give any nail treatment desired.

When You Shave Can Make a Difference

This might seem a little bit odd, and by no means are we telling you when you can shave, but when you choose to shave areas such as your legs can make a difference when keeping yourself safe from infection. Generally we would recommend holding off on shaving your legs until after you have had a pedicure done, as shaving can leave unnoticeable nicks or cuts, as well as breaking the top layer of skin, which can allow infections to enter the body. This is a small precaution to take, but it blocks another potential avenue for infection to take hold.

The Right Chemicals for Your Nails

There has been attention on chemicals such as Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) in the news for a while now, with MMA being banned in the USA for some time due to its damaging effects. The selection of chemicals that are available to nail salons is exhaustive, and some of these chemicals can be quite toxic to both nail technicians and the customer. Whilst we want to make sure that the nail treatments we provide make your nails look their best, we also want everyone involved in the process to be kept safe, as mentioned earlier, at Match Skin Salon we use Barbicide® which is strong enough to kill almost all harmful infections without being harmful to you. Barbicide® is known worldwide to be a hospital grade disinfectant intended for use in salons.

Contra-Actions – Aftercare for Your Nails

Everyone is different and reacts individually to certain environmental factors. This can be seen day to day in people who have allergies such as hay fever and those who don’t react well with certain beauty products. Nail salons are not exempt from these issues and in some instances people can react badly to certain products that we use. This is known as a contra-action, and rest assured that our beauticians are highly trained and know the right steps to take, as well as the best advice to give you if a contra-action occurs.

The More You Know

We want you to know that you’re in safe hands when it comes to getting a manicure, pedicure or any other nail treatment, and if you want to know more about what nail treatments we offer or want to know more about what we do to keep our nail salon clean and safe, please do get in touch. You can contact us using our online contact form on our website, from which you can also request an appointment, alternatively you can call us on 01273 719009 or feel free to come and visit us at our Nail Salon on Duke Street, in Brighton. Our highly trained beauticians and nail technicians will be more than happy to give you advice. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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