Many people receive pedicures. It important to keep toenails healthy because they protect toes from trauma. A pedicure includes soaks in warm water and massages with oils and lotions that help preserve the moisture and integrity of your feet. Moisturized feet are less likely to get blisters, crakes or other foot problems.
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- Do ask about the salon’s licensure.
- Do ask if the pedicure tools were sanitized and if the foot spa and pedicure tools were cleaned according to state requirements.
- Do make sure your technicians wash their hands.
- Do make sure your technicians wear gloves.
- Do consider bringing your own pedicure kit to the salon to make sure a previous client’s fungus or bacteria are not transmitted to you.
- Do wait a few days after shaving your legs. Razors scrape more than hair off your legs – they scrape the first few layers of skin and increase the chance that foreign invaders like bacteria fungus can gain entry.
- Don’t get a pedicure from a salon if you are diabetic. People with diabetes are more at risk for infection and should have their feet cared for by a medical professional.
- Don’t get a pedicure from a salon if you have poor circulation. People with poor circulation are more at risk for infection and should have their feet cared for by a medical professional.
- Don’t allow anything pointy or sharp near your feet. Cuticles can be pushed back effectively and safely with blunt instruments and calluses can be smoothed with pumice stones or files.
- Don’t let a nail technician treat an ingrown toenail. A pedicure is not a medical procedure and many infections have started that way.