A Fish Pedicure: The New Beauty Controversy

A Fish Pedicure: The New Beauty Controversy
A Fish Pedicure: The New Beauty Controversy
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Video: Hanley beauty salon introduces new fish pedicure treatment 2023, February
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Do you dare to do a modern fish pedicure? Ichthyotherapy is a very modern treatment in the world of beauty that is also highly controversial. This therapy consists of the use of small amphibians called Garra Rufa that live in river basins in Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran.

The main objective of these fish is to eat the dead tissues of the body and help regenerate new cells in the skin. Between sessions, each involving about 200 fish, it takes a quarter of an hour to allow the fish to eat all the dead cells. Fish, however, do not do all the work. After having their feet in a pond for 15 to 30 minutes, clients receive a normal pedicure, which is made easier by the soft skin left by the fish. This technique to exfoliate the feet using the so-called "doctor fish", is very successful in countries like the United Kingdom, where it has been applied for years and in Turkey for more than 400 years.

This treatment is quite interesting and controversial at the same time. More than twelve states in the United States have banned fish pedicures for fear of spreading infection and disease. Similarly, Animal Rights groups are also alarmed by the conditions in which the fish are kept. Furthermore, the Turkish government has declared the protection of the amphibian species Garra Rufa due to concerns about the exploitation of these by spas.

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