DEAR DOCTOR K: Last time I got a pedicure, I ended up with toenail fungus. I'm not taking another chance. Any advice for an at-home, do-it-yourself pedicure?
DEAR READER: A pedicure is a great way to pamper your feet. But salons don't always maintain the best safety standards, and that can lead to infection. If you're determined to try a do-it-yourself (DIY) pedicure, pick up a basic pedicure kit at your local pharmacy. Then follow these directions: Fill a pan or basin with warm water. Soak your feet for a few minutes, until the skin and nails soften. Dry your feet with a towel.Gently rub a pumice stone against your skin to remove any dead skin cells. Don't rub too hard. Take care of the cuticles. Rub lotion or oil onto your toenails to soften the thin layer of skin at the bottom and sides of your toenail. Gently push the cuticles back to the base of the nails, using an orange stick or a moist washcloth. Don't cut the cuticles; that could lead to infection.