Don't get your pedicure done if you have any cuts or scrapes on your feet and legs. The bacteria and fungus living in footbaths and on instruments can enter through open skin and cause an infection. You also shouldn't shave, wax or use hair removal cream on your legs within 24 hours of getting a pedicure.
To help reduce the risks, bring your own pedicure tools. If tools aren't properly sterilized or disinfected, bacteria can transfer from person to person. If your salon uses disposable items such as nail buffers and emery boards, be sure you see that they are disposed of after each customer.
When the salon opens, footbaths are their cleanest. Therefore, you should make an appointment first thing in the morning. While at your appointment, look for dirty floors, shared tools and other signs of poor hygiene. If you see the footbaths being disinfected, check out how long it takes -- most disinfectants require 10 minutes or more to work.
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