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Everything You Need to Know About Fish Pedicures

08 Jan Pedicure

Fish pedicure is the hottest, new cosmetic trend. It involves soaking your feet in a tub filled with tiny fish which eat dead skin cells. While a lot of people think this is a great procedure, it is not as appealing as soaking your feet in a tub filled with rose pedals, essential oils and Epsom salt. Still, could this new type of pedicure be more effective than the classic method. Furthermore, are your willing to feed your dead skin cells to fish in order to have rosy feet? Lest see what this procedure actually involves, how much it costs and how efficient it is.

  • What exactly is a fish pedicure?

The fish which are used in this cosmetic procedure are called Garra rufa but they are commonly known as Doctor Fish or nibble fish. This specie has recently been introduced as a spa treatment. However, there are still a lot of debates going on over the efficacy of this treatment. So far, there have been no known side effects but the positive effects are also rather insignificant. Some physicians suggest that this type of treatment can alleviate the symptoms of psoriasis, a very annoying skin disease for which there is no cure and which needs to constantly be kept under control. On the plus size, this method is a lot more sanitizing than other skin buffering techniques which involve using the same equipment for several clients. the metal scraper is a particularly controversial pedicure utensil which is believed to transmit infections from one person to another if it is not properly cleaned. Other products such as exfoliants are not very efficient as they only remove a small amount of the dead skin cells. Doctor fish is a non painful, safe and rather efficient method of having soft feet. The fish only nibble on the dead skin and they have no interest in your healthy skin or in ruining your nail design.This type of pedicure is an excellent idea for those looking for a different gift for your mom, something more special than flowers or kitchen accessories. If your mother is adventurous and loves to try new things, a fish pedicure will be a great present.

  • How much do fish pedicures cost?

The cost of this type of cosmetic treatment varies according to the location of the nail saloon or spa but it generally ranges between $10-$50. The price also depends on how long you want the session to last, making it the perfect different gift for your mom, in case you were looking for something out of the box, without having to pay a fortune for it.

  • Legal matters

There are certain regions where these pedicures are not legal, including over 10 American states. According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, this cosmetic treatment does not meet the sanitary requirements of a pedicure. This is due to the fact that the tubs cannot be sufficiently cleaned between the customers, even if the water is filtered ever 15 minutes. Furthermore, there is no possible way of sanitizing the fish. As the fish are rather expensive, they cannot be changed after each pedicure session. Furthermore, the fish must be starved before the pedicure sessions in order to eat the dead skin. Last but not least, if the fish are released in foreign environments, they could pose a treat to those environments.

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