Spa Treatment Dangers

Young African American woman skinAfter spending the day in the spa, one should leave feeling relaxed and satisfied. These treatments are meant to pamper and beautify the body, but sometimes this pampering comes with risks. In today’s society, there is potential risk in almost every treatment offered due to the large, loosely regulated industry.

Laser hair removal is a sought out treatment by many. During this treatment, powerful lights are aimed at the hair, and when absorbed the hair follicle is destroyed and slowed down for future growth. While the hair removal can be beneficial, there are possible dangers from it. The light rays can cause skin burns, scars and pain. A UCLA study published in JAMA Dermatology states, “Laser hair therapy is safe in the right hands when it’s done by a reputable dermatologist, as opposed to a random mede-spa employee.” Beware of this treatment when offered in spas.

Body wrap treatments include being wrapped in plastic and other constricting materials. The goal is to detox the skin, open pores and assist with weight loss. This treatment is generally safe, but when left on too long, one can suffer from dehydration and overheating. Using this treatment as a weight loss assistant only results in the loss of water weight.

Gel manicures are desired by many because of their prolonged ability to shine and remain chip-free. Gel manicures are achieved by using ultraviolet light rays to harden and seal the polish. There are concerns that the ultraviolet light rays can pose a danger to one’s hand. Although a 2014 study published in JAMA Dermatology indicates that the level of UVA exposure likely isn’t enough to significantly increase the risk of skin cancer, it doesn’t hurt to take some extra some extra precautions. Dr. Hope Ricciotti, M.D., and Hye-Chun Hur, M.D., M.P.H. of Harvard Women’s Health Watch recommend using waterproof sunscreen on your hands pre-manicure or wearing a pair of gloves with the fingertips cut off.