Are You Sacrificing Health in the Name of Beauty?

6 sometimes-risky pampering practices and how to indulge in them safely
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Manicures and pedicures: BYOT (bring your own tools)

Nail salons can be a hotbed of fungi, bacteria and more. “Nail salons should clean and sterilize equipment between clients, but many don’t,” Baxt says. Ask if the pedicure foot bath you’re about to dip your feet in has been disinfected. Bring your own key tools, including emery board and clippers. Also, don’t give germs easy access to skin. If you have cuts on your hands or feet, let them heal before having your nails done. Don’t shave your legs before having a pedicure. At the salon, tell the technician to push your cuticles back rather than cut them (on fingers and toes) and not to scrape at your callouses.

Related: The Right Way to Trim Your Toenails