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Soothe Your Soles: Feet-Pampering Tips

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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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MsMSK wrote:

Cool! I've been wearing Commander in Chic by Sally Hansen since this Winter. It is trés chic indeed. I found it whilst in search of a taupe color which I still haven't found. Any suggestions?

6/27/2010 03:49:58 PM Report Abuse
mindylouhoo8 wrote:

Well, I wear a shade that's pretty darn close to the pink one shown and it's by 'Milani' and called, 'Glitzy Glam' #09. You can check at Walgreens, some carry that brand and some don't. Also, Ulta may carry it. But just thought I would reply and tell you this. p.s. It looks darker in the bottle, but it comes out lighter, so don't worry. :)

6/27/2010 12:26:47 PM Report Abuse
dcaiazza wrote:

Part of the Tiki punch family.

6/27/2010 10:44:56 AM Report Abuse
jodyy24 wrote:

what is the nail polish name for the pink shade in the picture i love it and it doesnt tell what it is!!!

6/27/2010 10:36:40 AM Report Abuse

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