Category Archives: Health Tips

What do white spots on my fingernails mean?

When you were younger, did your grandparents ever tell you that the little white spots in your fingernails were because you weren’t drinking enough milk? Or have you ever heard it was from a zinc deficiency? Both of these stories are myths.

White spots on fingernails - what they are, what they mean.Leukonychia spots (what we all know as “white spots”) are a whitish discoloration of the nails. These spots are usually caused by a minor injury to the nail matrix. White spots can appear frequently in the nails but do not indicate disease.

What most people don’t know is that these spots don’t show up right after an injury to the nail. It could take up to a few weeks before one of these spots appears. This gives us time to forget exactly what we might have done to injure our nail. It could be as simple as a soda can that was a little harder to open.

Avoiding these spots can be as easy as no longer biting your nails or using something else to open that box. So just take it easy and remember our nails aren’t made of metal.

How do you get rid of these white spots you ask? Just let them grow out. These little spots aren’t that big of a deal. There is no need to lose sleep over them. Most people experience these spots at least once in their lifetime. Don’t want to wait for your nails to grow out for these white spots to go away? Well come visit us at the Mini Spa, and treat yourself to a manicure to help hide those spots with one of our many beautiful colors!

Wondering if the spa or salon you want to visit is clean enough? Here’s what you should know….

Sometimes it’s hard to know when trying out a new salon or spa if they use proper sanitation techniques. It’s ok to ask! Never book an appointment at a place where you receive a huffy reply to your questions about cleanliness. Taking time to go over all of the steps we take to keep our guests and team members safe is expected here at the Mini Spa. Here are our top 3 tips for keeping it clean:

Sterilize vs. Sanitize. What’s the difference and how do I know if their tools are really clean? An autoclave is the only device that can sterilize tools, HOWEVER, not every place that has one uses it correctly. Tools must be clean and dry prior to being housed in the autoclave for up to an hour before being used on another client. But often dirty tools are thrown into the autoclave with the belief that the machine will do it all…Yuck! Beware of this shortfall and feel safe if the salon or spa washes their tools with anti-bacterial soap, allows them to dry and then sprays or soaks them in hospital grade disinfectant between uses.

Mini Spa uses Belava Foot Bath Liners Pedicure tubs: “To Whirlpool or not to Whirlpool?” that is the question. When spa pedicure tubs are properly cleaned and sanitized they are perfectly safe. This requires the tub to be drained, rinsed, re-filled and set for a 20 minute cleaning cycle with proper sanitizing solution in the water. If you’re not seeing this happen before your feet hit the water there is a good chance you’re soaking partially in water that was from the previous client. When there are pipes involved, simply rinsing out the tub is NOT enough because water in the pipes will be re-circulated back into your tub. A great alternative is the Belava pedicure system (used at the Mini Spa, of course) which gives each guest a brand new plastic tub liner. Your feet will never touch where someone else’s have been!

The quickest, most effective way to know at-a-glance if the salon or spa is a place you should trust is by making a trip to the ladies room. If it’s clean and well cared for, the rest of the spa will likely be as well. But if it’s even a little nasty we have just one thing to say: RUN!

Do your nails need time to breathe? Fact or fiction?

We’re often asked if nails need to take a break from polish to breathe.  This question has two answers: It’s a good idea to take a polish break, but not because your nails need to breathe.  Nails get all the oxygen they need from the blood supply underneath the nail in the nail bed, not from the nail surface.

Do nails need to breatheHowever, the nail surface can get dehydrated or a bit discolored from extended nail polish wear. These symptoms appear as a yellowish tint or white flakiness.  Don’t be alarmed!  They are not indicative of anything unhealthy or sinister going on with your nails.

Taking a break from polish for a month or two will allow the nail’s surface to rehydrate and for staining to wear away.  Winter is a great time to do this, especially for us Vermont pedicure fans, since our feet are covered by warm boots for many weeks!

Getting pedicures is still recommended to keep the skin of the feet healthy and supple, and instead of color opt for Nail Envy by OPI (or a similar nail strengthener) which will deposit vitamins into your nails while still giving them a shiny, finished look.

Well cared for winter feet easily become sandal-ready when the weather cooperates!

How to Handle the Holiday Rush

Tips To Avoid Holiday StressWe all love the holidays, the lights, the cheer, the food. But there is also the stress and chaos that comes with it all. Here are some tips to stay happy and healthy this holiday season.

Accept the fact that not everything is going to be perfect. Things are going to happen. So what if the dog knocks over the Christmas tree and breaks a few ornaments. At least you have a good story to tell next year.
Try to get some fresh air. Take a break from wrapping and go for a walk. Check out your neighbors decorations. Or if you enjoy singing, gather some friends and go caroling.

Keep healthy snacks handy. When you feel yourself wanting a mid morning or midafternoon snack,try to go for the healthy choice rather then the cookies and cake someone brought to work. The healthier option will provide you with more energy then the cookie or cake, and will not cause a sugar crash like the unhealthy version will cause.

Treat yourself. Take an hour for yourself and relax. Stop worrying about the kids and how your going to get all your shopping done. There is always tomorrow.

Most importantly, make sure you get enough rest! There is a lot to do and little time to do it all but getting adequate rest is crucial for staying happy and healthy.