Soothe Your Soles: Feet-Pampering Tips
Stay Salon Safe
Be on the lookout for these health hazards at your next pro pedicure appointment.Nail No-No: Bare walls
If you don't see a state license displayed, the nail technicians may not be properly trained, says Paul Betschart, DPM, a podiatrist in New York City. Ask if they're certified. If they can't show you a license, head to another salon.Nail No-No: Whirlpools
Because they're difficult to clean, whirlpools are a breeding ground for bacteria. "Buy a small jar of whirlpool sanitizing solution at a medical supply store and bring it with you," Dr. Betschart says. "Three drops in the water will eliminate most germs."Nail No-No: Cuticle clippers
The tough skin around your toenail keeps out germs, preventing infection, and should never be removed with cutters. Ask your manicurist to gently push cuticles back instead.Nail No-No: Pumice stones
These porous stones are germ carriers. Purchase your own and take them to the salon. Sanitize the stones after each use by cleaning them with soap and water and soaking them overnight in rubbing alcohol.
Originally published in FITNESS magazine, June 2010.
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