The Kardashians’ annual family getaway came to a close last night on Keeping Up with the Kardashians, but not before the girls could indulge in a little spa time at Kissing Fish on the picturesque island of Santorini, Greece. As the name suggests, its specialty treatment is fish pedicures.
From the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “A fish pedicure, also known as a fish spa, involves patrons dipping their feet in a tub of water filled with small fish called Garra rufa. Garra rufa are sometimes referred to as ‘doctor fish’ because they eat away dead skin found on peoples’ feet, leaving newer skin exposed.”
Kim, who’s certainly no stranger to unconventional beauty treatments, was apprehensive from the get-go and completely freaked out once the fish began nibbling into her pregnancy-swollen tootsies. Have a look:
I immediately made a mental note to one day try a fish pedicure myself and see what the fuss is all about. That is, until I researched more about it. Turns out, fish pedicures are banned in 10 U.S. states, most recently California. While the CDC says they’re not aware of any illnesses resulting from fish pedicures, bacterial infections from nail salon basins are common. That, coupled with many other factors inherent in fish pedicures, increases the risk of infection. For example, the basins can’t be sufficiently cleaned in between clients and some fish that are commonly mislabeled as Garra rufa grow teeth and can draw blood. Yikes! And that’s not even the half of it. You can read the full list of risks here.
Not only was Kim pregnant at the time of the attempted fish pedi but she’s been very open about her psoriasis, a hereditary skin condition that can result in open wounds. Seems like unnecessary risk to me. I’ll stick with my human pedicures, thank you very much!
What about you? Would you try a fish pedicure?