Nail salons and spas that offer manicures and pedicures are always looking for the best products to use, many times mixing and matching popular products throughout the industry to see which one is better for them and their clients. From the various kinds of nail polish that is available on the market, to polish remover, to disinfectants used on tools and equipment throughout the day, each product contains chemicals and substances that can irritate the skin if misused. It is no longer enough to maintain a clean environment to prevent these irritations from occurring. It is becoming increasingly difficult for nails techs who are exposed to chemicals every day to determine which one is hindering them from completing their work. Here are a few ways that you can prevent skin irritations.

Educate Yourself

They say that education is the key to prevention, so make sure that you are taking the time to learn everything there is to know about the products that you use! If you are experiencing a skin irritation and need to determine the cause of it, start asking yourself the tough questions!

  • Does the nail polish that I use contain Dibutyl Phthalate, Formaldehyde or Toluene and if so, happens if they mix?
  • Does the brand of nails that I use contain Methacrylate Compounds?
  • Is bleach leaving my hands feeling dry, itchy and red?
  • Do any of the products that I use have specific warning labels, and if so what are they?
  • Do I need to increase ventilation of my workspace when using a particular product?
  • Is protective equipment required for using the disinfection products?
  • Does the disinfectant label or SDS mention skin irritation?

By asking yourself these questions, researching the chemicals found in each product used, and understanding how they can react with the skin, you will be able to educate yourself and your team and prevent skin irritations from occurring.

Put the Proper Equipment in Place

The nail industry is comprised of an incredible network of technicians, scientists, thought leaders, artists, educators and so forth, so why not take advantage of the wealth of knowledge available to you? Through joining online networks, interacting with individuals on Facebook groups or attending workshops and conferences, you will be able to learn more about the products entering the marketplace and how they may help or hinder your business and your health.

You can even take this one step further and contact a dermatologist in the area to address any irritations that you and your team may have experienced, and determine if it is an allergy or irritation that can be prevented!

Reach out to Professionals

While client health and well-being should always be a focus in your salon and spa, you need to think about your health and well-being as well! Clients come and go, but you are there day in and day out working hard to hone your craft and build your business. Constant exposure to dust, harsh disinfectants such as bleach, and polishes and removers, can quickly begin to negatively affect your skin and the air quality of your space! Through ensuring that you reduce the number of harsh chemicals in your workspace, you can begin to reduce the impact that these products have on your skin.

Not all products irritate the skin, however. Many can be harmful to your eyes and respiratory system, causing their effects to be harder to identify and treat. Wearing a mask and ensuring that you have the proper air ventilation system installed for the size of your space can significantly improve the overall air quality of your salon and spa and protect yourself from the adverse side effects that these products could cause.

Are you ready to rejuvenate your spa? This month, focus on putting measures in place to ensure that your salon or spa is not only a place of creativity and relaxation but one that is safe and welcoming for all.