BRING ON THE AUTOCLAVE!
We all share the same fears about pedicures and bacterial infections, especially when visiting a bargain salon. Beverly Hills dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Monika Kiripolsky, warns, “don’t shave your legs the day of a pedicure, because you create little micro-tears in the skin when you shave,” adding, “the whirlpool footbaths have all kinds of bacteria in them, so you’re essentially creating a little hole for the bacteria to get into your skin.” As for our neighborhood chop shops, are those ok? “Make sure any salon you go to has an autoclave, which is a small microwave-looking device that they put the tools in to sterilize them,” adding, “don’t be afraid to ask the salon owners how they clean their instruments between clients. It’s safe to get a pedicure, but be smart about it.” — Leah Sydney