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Spa Treatments

What are spa treatments?

Spa treatments are non-medical treatments that enhance a person’s appearance, cleanse the face and body and promote relaxation. Common spa treatments include:

  • facials
  • massage (by non-registered or registered massage therapists)
  • paraffin treatments
  • unwanted hair removal

Some spas also offer hair styling services and manicures and pedicures

What are the health risks?

Since the instruments and equipment used for spa treatments can become infected with bacteria, fungi and blood-borne viruses such as HIV and Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C, it is important that proper procedures be followed.

How can I protect myself?

Lower your chance of infection by checking and asking about:

The treatment areas and staff

  • The shop should be well-lit, clean and tidy.
  • Employees who provide treatments should be trained, professionals.
  • Ask your treatment provider about his or her experience and background.

Be sure that your treatment provider uses disposable spatulas and NEVER dips the same spatula into the wax twice.

The equipment and procedure

To protect you from infection, your treatment provider should:

  • Wash his or her hands with soap and water and wear gloves if appropriate. Hand-washing is mandatory: wearing gloves is NOT a substitute for hand-washing.
  • Clean and disinfect tools like scissors and tweezers before starting your treatment.
  • Throw away items such as thread and cotton swatches after each client.
  • Use only a new, unused wax cartridge for your waxing treatment. All used cartridges must be thrown away.
  • Use single-use applicators (i.e., wooden stick) for each wax dip. Ther should be "no double dipping".
  • Give you a freshly-laundered, clean robe and towels. All towels and robes should be laundered right after they’re used.

What can I expect after my spa treatment?*

  • Protect yourself from infection by following your treatment providerís instructions.

When to call your doctor

Some spa treatments break the skin, so there’s always a chance you could get a bacterial skin infection or allergic skin reaction.

See when to call your doctor following a:

*Source: WebMD




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