We've heard conflicting advice regarding cuticle cutting, but according to Dr. Joshua Zeichner, a dermatologist quoted in the piece, having your cuticles cut during a mani is a one-way ticket to a bacterial infection. "Cuticles serve a function," says Dr. Zeichner. "They protect the base of the nail from infections getting in there. I tell people just to have them pushed back."
The big takeaway here? Never sacrifice cleanliness for convenience. State laws require all manicure tools to be sterilized in hospital grade disinfectant for a minimum of ten minutes, so if your local mani/pedi nail shop seems to be more concerned about getting you in and out of the chair in record time, you might want to find a new spot. Trust your gut and if something doesn't look or seem clean to you, speak up. If the technician doesn't listen, get up and walk out. It may seem trivial, but many of these common treatments can cause some intense health problems, so take your primping seriously, people. ( New York Times)
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