No, we're not being melodramatic — there are some beauty treatments out there that can literally put you in the emergency room. Or at least, that's what the
New York Times
says. According to a recent article, many popular summertime treatments like pedicures, waxing, and eyelash extensions can cause some pretty serious health scares, like infections, thermal burns, and hair loss.
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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