Michele Green, a cosmetic dermatologist, reminds you that there are possible infections inside that foot basin...including fungi, wart viruses and bacteria. Here are some helpful precautions you can taketo protect yourself before your next pedicure.
- DON'T SHAVE - If you cut yourself, your pedi could put you at serious risk for an infection. Don't worry, your nail tech has seen hairy legs before.
- BRING YOUR OWN NAIL KIT - If you get regular treatments from the same pedicurist, Michele Green suggests investing in your own nail kit to bring with you.
- DO YOUR OWN INSPECTION - If you don't bring your own kit, check their tools to see how clean they are. Look at the rest of the salon, from the foot baths to the seating area and make sure it all looks clean and disinfected. This is your health and well-being so ask questions about safety and hygiene. If they seem sketchy, don’t let them do your nails.
- PUSH THE CUTICLES DON'T CUT THEM - Gentle pushing will suffice. Cutting them risks leaving your skin vulnerable to infection.
- DON'T GET CUTE. AVOID THE GIMMICKS - Go for a simple soak, massage, and color. Stay away from those gimmicky treatments and fads, like fish pedicures [SEE VIDEO BELOW]. All you want is pretty toes, so why take a chance on untrained fish.