Before you go to the spa, there are a few things you should know to not only get a safe mani/pedi, but to also make your visit enjoyable. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services suggests the following to reduce risking getting infections while getting a mani/pedi:
- Schedule one of the first appointments in the morning when tubs are cleanest. Or make sure your technician disinfects the tub before your pedicure.
- Bring your own pedicure tools. Use separate tools for pedicures and manicures to prevent contamination between toes and fingers.
- Skip shaving your legs before the appointment to help prevent bacteria from entering the skin.
- Have your feet scrubbed with a pumice stone, but never allow technicians to use a razor to remove dead skin.
- Make sure toenails are cut straight across and smoothed with an emery board. The board should never be shared with anyone else.
- Never allow your nails to be cleaned out with a sharp object that could puncture the skin; a blunt manicure stick is better.
- Make sure toes are completely dry when you leave. Extra moisture can lead to fungal growth.
- Never allow your cuticles to be cut, only pushed back.
With these few tips, you will not only look good and feel good, but do it in a safe manner!!