Here are a few pointers to keep in mind next time you get a pedicure at home or at a salon:
Don't shave your legs before receiving a pedicure. Resist the urge to have smooth legs, at least until afterward. Freshly shaven legs or small cuts on your legs may allow bacteria to enter your body.
Do bring your own pedicure utensils to the salon. Why? Because bacteria and fungus can move easily from one person to the next if the salon doesn't use proper sterilization techniques. Yuck!
Do use a pumice stone, foot file, or exfoliating scrub when eliminating thick, dead skin build-up, also known as calluses, on the heel, ball and sides of the foot. Be sure to soak your feet in warm water for at least five minutes and then use the stone, scrub, or foot file.
Don't apply nail polish to cover up discolored nails. Thick and discolored toenails could be a sign of a fungal infection. Nail polish locks out moisture and doesn't allow the nail bed to "breathe." If you think you have a toenail infection, schedule an appointment with today's podiatrist immediately to get it checked out.
Do gently run a wooden or rubber manicure stick under your nails. This helps keep your nails clean and removes the dirt, glitter, and other types of build-up you may not be able see.
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