More than just a chance to relax, pedicures are a great way to take care of your feet—so long as you use your own tools. “Having a personal cuticle remover, exfoliator scrub, nail file, and more can go a long way to reducing the spread of bacteria and fungus,” Dan Michaels, DPM, says. Feet that look good generally feel good, too, so check yours regularly. Healthy nails should be thin and pink or clear in color.
If you see a crack in your skin, over-the-counter moisturizers with exfoliants can work wonders to help heal it. Persistent peeling, itching, or yellowing of the skin or nails requires a trip to the doctor. Whatever you do, don’t self-diagnose your feet. “Foot infections can spread quickly and easily,” says Dr. Michaels. “The best thing to do is see a doctor if anything seems amiss.”