Sanitation is not an option, it is a must.
Prior to obtaining my Masters in Esthetics/Oncology Certification, and pursuing my Naturopathic degree, I was OSHA Compliance Manager in dental and medical practices for almost twenty years. That education and training provided me great insight into the importance of maintaining proper sanitation, and also a great deal of concern for the well-being of everyone when these standards are not maintained.
North Carolina, as well as most other states, license and regulate spas (skin & nails), and hair salons. They are given an alphabetical grade and a numerical percentage grade similar to what you see displayed in restaurants. They must be prominently displayed along with other State mandated licensure.All licensed facilities must sanitize and disinfect all surfaces before, between clients, and at the end of the day. A State approved EPA Hospital Grade disinfectant must be used, and must remain on the surfaces for the prescribed number of minutes as per the manufacturer. It must be: Virucidal, Pneumocidal, Bacteriocidal/Germicidal, Fungicidal; kill Staph, Strep, MIRSA, AIDS/HIV, Hepatitis, and Herpes Simplex I & II. Generally, there is a 10 minute wait for it to achieve full eradication of the aforementioned, and dry on its own.
"Our industry needs to wear gloves" Susan Warfield, Executive Director of NCEA "you must wear gloves from beginning to end of the facials you perform" Janet McCormick, CIDESCO "When it comes to wearing gloves~ No love without the glove!" Denise R. Fuller-Esthetician and Editor of LNE & Spa magazine
Gloves should be worn, especially when doing waxing. Every hair removed from the pore is surrounded with a blood supply and bodily fluids such as lymph. When a hair is pulled out there may be visible or imperceptible pinpoint bleeding. Anything contaminated with blood or bodily fluids are considered pathogenic (infective agents, able to cause disease). Think about that when the operator is double-dipping and spreading wax over your open follicles. Think about the person before you; and the person before her using that same wax... Yes, I wear gloves. Nitrile and vinyl, and I go through tons of disposable applicators.
Before gloving, the hands must be washed with warm water and soap. Anytime the operator leaves the room or touches a contaminated surface or object (phone, door handle, trash, etc.), they must remove the gloves, wash their hands and put on NEW gloves. Although the State of NC does not enforce gloving, I wear them.DO NOT LET ANYONE TELL YOU IT IS FINE TO DOUBLE-DIP ANYTHING, ESPECIALLY WAX - or - when dipping product from a container. The temperature of wax is far too low to kill much of anything. Many bacterial spores cannot be killed unless the temperature reaches a sustained 250 degrees F, AND is subject to pressure. Wax pots have the potential to carry very virulent bacteria that can cause severe infections when the operator double-dips. Look at the wax pot. Is there an applicator sitting in it? Are there threads of wax/dirt/hair stuck on it? Is it uncovered? Laundry and Linens: The spa bed must be covered with a set of clean sheets for each client. Layering sheets is unsanitary and not allowed. All laundry at Skinplicity is fresh, bright, and clean - done on premises - by myself. Towels and sheets have to be stored in closed containers, and not sitting open on shelves unless used for part of the services rendered. Water Sources: 21 NCAC 14H .0301 Water Supply (a) Cosmetic art shops shall have a sink with hot and cold running water in the clinic area, separate from restrooms. (b) When a service is provided in a room closed off by a door, the water supply required in this Rule must be within 20 feet of the door or 25 feet from the service table or chair. The restroom sink shall not be used to meet this requirement. Skinplicity has a clear glass counter top basin sink for filling sanitized bowls, right in view. It too, is sanitized between clients - as well as the faucet, handles, counters, lights, devices, steamer, etc.
Skinplicity Therapeutic Skincare prides itself on providing you with the highest levels of sanitation and disinfection. No only do I used TWO EPA certified disinfectants, I use Ultraviolet wands and implement sanitizers for an added layer of disinfection.