Everyone needs a little foot pampering from time to time. Whether you are prepping for beach season or just want a new splash of color, grooming your feet should be done frequently to not only keep feet looking good, but also to ensure proper foot health.
Here are a few pointers the next time you give yourself a pedicure at home or go to the salon:
DO make sure that they disinfect the pedicure tub between each customer.
Waiting ten minutes for the salon workers to disinfect a tub will save your loads of time later on. Trust me! Also make sure they change their gloves between each client.
DON'T shave your legs before receiving a pedicure.
Resist the urge to have smooth legs until after you have already received a pedicure. Freshly shaven legs or small cuts may allow bacteria to enter your body and become infected.
DO bring your own pedicure utensils to the salon.
This should be straight forward but sometimes we forget that bacteria and fungus can be moved easily from one person to the next. If you are not sure of the sterilization process that the salon follows then you are better off bringing your own utensils with you.
DON'T allow salons to use a foot razor to remove dead skin.
Using a razor can cause damage and can easily cause infection. A pumice stone or foot file is the best way to go. Simpy soak your feet in warm water for at least five minutes and then use either a stone, scrub, or file.
DO gently run a wooden or rubber manicure stick under your nails.
This helps to keep your nails clean and removes the dirt and other build up you are not able to see.
DON'T apply nail polish to cover up discolored nails.
Thick and discolored nails are typically sign of a fungal infection. Nail polish locks out moisture and doesn't allow the nail to breathe.
DO make sure they use an autoclave.
If you do not have your own pedicure utensils, make sure the salon you are going to uses an autoclave. It kind of looks like a toaster but it is used to sterilize tools.