Spa treatments can lead to dangerous infections. Learn how to choose a reputable spa, and discover some great at-home spa-inspired treatments.
If one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to relax and treat yourself to some “me-time” you may want to hold off before visiting a spa.
Too often, equipment hasn’t been sterilized properly and clients can contract dangerous infections. Plus, many spa services (such as manicures and pedicures) are unregulated by the government. According to recent news sources, the consequences can be as benign as a nail infection or as worrisome as hepatitis.
If you decide to go to a spa, make sure you have the answers to these crucial questions. After all, there’s nothing relaxing about getting a toenail fungus!
- Is the spa certified by a voluntary trade association, such as the Beauty Council of BC? Are they a member of a group that sets safety standards, such as the Leading Spas of Canada?
- How do they sterilize their equipment? According to news sources, alcohol or soap and water, may not be sufficient—they should use the same sanitizing techniques as dentists and hospitals to target bacteria, viruses, and fungus.
Do it yourself!
Skip the risks of spas by giving yourself an at-home spa-inspired treatment. Even better, you’ll know that the ingredients you use are all natural!